With strong player mix, Oceanside set to make playoff push
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Oceanside High School girls varsity basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Teel Foster, fourth year (first two years with Rockland, last year with Oceanside).
Last year's record/playoff information: 12-6, eighth in Eastern Class B. The Mariners fell to No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor 56-45 in a preliminary playoff game.
Roster: Seniors Emma Davis (5-foot-5-inch guard), Phoebe Ferraiolo (6-foot forward/center), Kennadi Grover (5-10 forward), Hannah Plourde (5-10 forward) and Danessa MacDonald (5-5 guard/forward); junior Brooke Dugan (5-7 guard/forward); sophomores Ashley Gardner (5-8 forward), Caitlin Raye (5-7 guard/forward), Emily Gould (5-9 forward) and Lily Vachon (5-9 forward); and freshman Makenna Brooks (5-7 guard/forward).
Outlook: There are many new faces on the Mariners, who graduated two players and had a few more that opted not to return this season. However, Foster and her student-athletes are confident and ready for the season to start.
"They're ready for the journey to begin and they have high expectations," Foster said. "We had a team meeting the other night and I was impressed that they stood up and they were vocal about what they wanted."
What they want, is to be the best team in the Midcoast.
"That's a goal of ours," the coach said.
Grover likely will be the team's top scoring option, which is not lost on Foster and the Mariners. Thus, Foster plans to expand the senior's role.
"She's a phenomenal passer," said Foster. "So we've been doing a lot of stuff in practice where she gets the ball in the paint and she's not allowed to shoot and has to pass out of it. We've got some pretty good shooters."
Those shooters include Vachon, Gould and Davis, along with Ferraiolo, "who has improved tremendously." They also have Dugan, a natural scorer, along with Plourde, a three-sport athlete, both of whom can score — especially in transition — when called upon.
The Mariners earned a preseason exhibition win against John Bapst of Bangor — the team that ousted Oceanside in the prelim playoffs last year — at the Bangor Auditorium, the coveted site of the regional tournament. Foster used that as a motivator for her team.
"It was just an experience to get on that floor," the coach said. "I just told them, 'Savor it. Don't you want to get back here?' "
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