Undefeated Boothbay stays arm's-length ahead of Oceanside Blue for crownBrown's 33 points tough to overcome for Mariners in eighth-grade finale
Camden — For the second time in a few hours, Boothbay Elementary School notched a Busline League girls basketball championship and, as the Wildcats had done earlier in the day, it came at the expense of a hard-working Oceanside West Blue squad.
In the second of four large school division games on “Championship Saturday” at Camden-Rockport Middle School, the No. 1 Wildcats (15-0) outlasted the No. 2 Mariners (12-2) 50-30 to capture the eighth-grade crown.
The game was the second of six overall slated for "Championship Saturday," which included four for the large school division at CRMS and two for the small school division at Lincolnville Central School the same day.
Oceanside, coached by Dan McNichol, includes Gabby Simmons, Casey Pine, Cassidy Boynton, Mackenzie Murray, Emilee Clough, Jordan Brackett, Bailey Nobel, Taylor Hamlin, Aubrey Anderson, Kylie Farnham and Lily Morgan.
Boothbay, coached by John Deetjen, includes Denise Stover, Page Brown, Lillian Sherburne, Maddie Gaudette, Jackie McLoon, Jo Shaw, Sydney Meader, Kyie Michael, Tori Morin, Maddy McLellan, Summer Chamberlin and Sydney Mercier.
In the title game, Boothbay led 10-6, 22-12 and 36-21 at the quarter breaks.
Keying the Wildcats was Brown, who turned in a monster 33-point performance, which included making 11-of-13 free throws (85 percent). The taller (5 feet 9.5 inches) and skilled Brown controlled the inside and was the difference as she scored 10 points in the first half and followed that with 23 more in the second half, which included 9-of-10 (90 percent) from the free-throw line. She tallied 14 points in the decisive final eight minutes.
Also for Boothbay, McLoon and Meader added five points; Mercier, four; and Chamberlin, three. The Wildcats made 13-of-21 foul shots (62 percent).
For Oceanside, Simmons poured in 14 points, including connecting on three 3-pointers and 5-of-8 free throws. Also, Pine added eight; Brackett, five; Farnham, two; and Anderson, one. The Mariners made 9-of-15 foul shots (60 percent).
Simmons nailed her treys in the second half in an attempt to get the Mariners back into the game.
The teams were tied 1-1 through the first 3:45 of the opening quarter before Meader hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 4:15 left to make it 4-1 for Boothbay. The only edge the Mariners held in the 32-minute affair was 1-0 early.
Oceanside did score the first five points of the third quarter on a hoop from Brackett and a trey from Simmons to close within 22-17, but that was the team's last real push to overtake the Wildcats.
To make matters more challenging, Clough fouled out with five minutes left in the third quarter and Brackett was forced to the bench with five fouls with 6:50 remaining in the fourth stanza. The Mariners had only nine players available Saturday.
Back to back 3-pointers by Simmons did help the Mariners climb within 40-30 with 3:45 left in the game. However, a three-point play by Brown with 2:30 remaining and a pair of free throws by the talented Wildcat with 2:10 left effectively put the game out of reach.
Boothbay finished the game with a 10-0 run.
Earlier in the playoffs, the Mariners defeated No. 7 Medomak and No. 3 Searsport to advance, while the Wildcats beat No. 8 Wiscasset and No. 5 Camden-Rockport to move on.