Oceanside continues to sail to playoff destinyIn tale of two halves, Panthers control first, Mariners sizzle in second
Waldoboro — After coming so close to advancing to the Eastern Class B tournament in Bangor last year that they could taste it, the Oceanside Mariners are leaving nothing to chance this winter and continue to gobble up regular-season victories in anticipation of their coveted trip to "The Mecca."
In a high school girls basketball clash Tuesday night, Feb. 5, Oceanside defeated host Medomak Valley 49-32 with a strong second-half performance.
While continuing to solidify a top-two spot for the upcoming regional playoffs, and a precious bye directly to the Bangor Auditorium, the Mariners also may have knocked the Panthers from postseason contention with Tuesday's outcome.
The Mariners also are a lock to play in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Cony High School in Augusta. Oceanside will probably meet Nokomis of Newport or possibly Leavitt of Turner, but more likely the Warriors in the league title game. The Mariners beat Nokomis and lost to Leavitt this season.
On Tuesday, the host Panthers led 12-11 after one quarter and 25-18 at halftime. Medomak Valley even trailed only 30-29 after three stanzas. In fact, it appeared Medomak Valley might pull off the upset of Oceanside, earn a bundle of tournament points and punch their ticket back to the playoffs.
However, games include two halves and the visitors controlled the final 16 minutes — and more specifically the final eight minutes — of Tuesday's contest, outscoring the Panthers 31-7 during in the second half. From one half to the another, Oceanside changed a seven-point deficit into a 17-point win.
Pacing the Mariners were Phoebe Ferraiolo with 14 points; Kennadi Grover and Hannah Plourde, both with 13 points; Makenna Brooks and Ashley Gardner, both three; Emma Davis, two; and Emily Gould, one. Oceanside netted three treys, one each from Gardiner, Plourde and Brooks, and 6-of-14 foul shots (43 percent).
The Mariners played without starting point guard Brooke Dugan, who was ill.
For Medomak Valley, Sammie Griffin poured in 15 points, including making two 3-pointers; while Hannah Marks tallied 10 points; Elise Wallace, three; and Hannah Heald and Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, both two. The Panthers made 3-of-7 foul shots (43 percent).
Marks was injured with 6:40 left in the third quarter and did not return.
Spearheading the Mariners' second-half comeback were Ferraiolo and Plourde both with nine points.
The game was part of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader.
Oceanside also defeated Medomak Valley 52-26 earlier this season.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (15-2, 118.3025 points) is second and Medomak Valley (5-12, 17.8395 points) 14th. Presque Isle (17-0, 145.9877 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs. The Panther need to climb into the 13th spot to qualify for the playoffs and currently sit behind Winslow (6-11, 25.9568 points) for that coveted position.
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