Oceanside sinks Camden Hills, earns coveted trip to 'The Mecca'Midcoast rivals could meet again in Eastern Class B quarterfinals
Rockland — The Oceanside girls basketball team certainly has made huge waves in Eastern Class B this season, and the Mariners made a significant statement on senior night Thursday, Feb. 7 in the team's regular-season finale against Midcoast-rival Camden Hills.
The Mariners ended the campaign with a three-game win streak and sent their fans home happy with a 63-38 victory over the Windjammers in a game that had significant playoff implications.
The win secured the Mariners the second overall seed for the upcoming regional playoffs and an automatic bid to the quarterfinals at the Bangor Auditorium.
As of Thursday night in the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (16-2, 138.8272 points) was second, while Camden Hills (12-6, 78.3333 points) was seventh. Presque Isle (18-0, 157.4074 points), the defending state Class B champions, was first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Ironically, as it stands — though the regular-season Heal Points are not yet final and things always can change — it appears the Windjammers will clinch the No. 7 seed and host No. 10 Hermon in a preliminary playoff game next week.
The winner of that prelim game will advance to Bangor face the No. 2 Mariners in the quarterfinals. Oceanside beat Camden Hills twice this season, also 54-47
On Thursday, Oceanside took a 21-11 lead after the first quarter, a 35-16 edge at halftime and a 48-25 cushion after three quarters.
Kennadi Grover tossed in 18 points to lead the Mariners, while Phoebe Ferraiolo and Hannah Plourde each added 12; Brooke Dugan, 11; Makenna Brooks, five; Emily Gould, three; and Emma Davis, two.
Leading Camden Hills were Jordan Knowlton (11 points, 9 rebounds), Megan LeGage (8 points), Rachel Pease (5 points, 3 rebounds), Jaclyn Gilson (4 points), Kristina Alex (2 points), Eliza Boetsch (2 points), Maddie Bowman (2 points) and Bekah Hilt (2 points).
"I'm disappointed in the loss, obviously," said Camden Hills coach Marty Messer. "We got off to a rough start. We were outplayed, outcoached and we didn't adjust to what they were doing on defense. They did a good job shutting down Jordan [Knowlton] and the rest of our offense."
Knowlton led the Windjammers in the first quarter with seven points, but was held to just one field goal over the final three quarters and was 3-of-21 from the floor in the loss.
Oceanside did not have its typical starting five on the floor to start the game, starting guards Danessa MacDonald and Davis, both seniors, in place of Dugan and Gould, which Messer had hoped to exploit early.
"I told the girls, 'There are a few non-starters out there, let's be aggressive and see if we can't get a quick jump on them,' but we missed some good opportunities," he said.
However, the two squads were knotted 6-6 with 4:37 remaining when Gould and Dugan entered the game, and the Mariners went on a 15-5 run to end the quarter with five points from Plourde, four from Grover and three apiece from Dugan and Ferraiolo.
Oceanside then outscored Camden Hills 15-4 in the second quarter, holding the visitors without a field goal in the stanza, essentially putting the game out of reach by halftime.
Camden Hills outrebounded Oceanside 29-25, but had only two offensive rebounds in the first half.
The Mariners were 12-of-25 (48 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Windjammers were 8-of-12 (67 percent).
Oceanside (16-2) is slated to face Nokomis of Newport (16-2) in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Cony High School, but that game could be canceled due to the impending snow set to rock the state over the weekend.
If the game is canceled, Oceanside would be declared the league champions by virtue of its higher Heal Point standing.
Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.