High school girls basketball

Smothering defense sparks Oceanside over Medomak Valley in opener

Gould, Brooks, Gardner score double-figure points for Mariners
By Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell | Dec 06, 2013
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Sophie Cohen, left, and Oceanside's Kalyn Grover vie for inside position during a Dec. 6 season-opening high school girls basketball game in Waldoboro. The visiting Mariners won 51-28.

Waldoboro — It did not take long for the Oceanside girls basketball team to help first-year coach Shawn Dulac notch his initial win — in the team's first game to be exact — as the Mariners accomplished that feat on Friday night, Dec. 6 thanks to suffocating defense against rival and host Medomak Valley.

The visiting Mariners rolled to a 51-28 win over the Panthers thanks, in part, to sturdy all-around defense and balanced scoring.

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It was the first game of the 2013-14 campaign for both Midcoast squads. It also was the first game of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader to start the campaign (see separate boys story).

Oceanside was so tough defensively Friday night that the Panthers were held without a field goal in the first quarter and also were whistled for two five-second violations in the first eight minutes.

The Mariner defense was so relentless, in fact, that they forced many turnovers. Medomak Valley's first five possessions resulted in turnovers.

Oceanside led 11-1, 25-9 and 41-17 at the quarter breaks.

To make matters worse for the hosts, Oceanside's Ashley Gardner banked in a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to give the visitors a 16-point cushion.

Hannah Marks tallied nine of Medomak Valley's 13 points during the first three quarters.

Leading the Mariners were Emily Gould with 15 points; Makenna Brooks, 13; Gardner, 11; Payton Billingsley, five; Brooke Dugan, Alexis Davis and Lily Vachon, all two; and Krissandra McNichol, one.

The Mariners netted five 3-pointers, including two from Brooks and one each from Gardner, Billingsley and Gould. Gould tallied 11 points in the first half and Gardner eight in the third quarter. Brooks spread her points over three quarters, with seven coming in the fourth stanza.

Oceanside made 8-of-12 free throws (67 percent).

For Medomak Valley, Marks netted nine points; Ariel Haskins, six; Brooke Benedict and Sammie Griffin, both four; Justice Barrows and Brooke Creamer, both two; and Sophie Cohen, one.

The Panthers made 3-of-13 foul shots (23 percent).

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