The young Rockland girls basketball team turned in its “best” performance of the season Wednesday night, but it still was not quite enough for the Tigers to collect their elusive first victory.

In the end, the host Tigers (0-7) lost 54-50 to visiting Oak Hill (3-4) of Sabattus. Rockland led 16-12 after the first quarter before the game was tied 23-23 at halftime. Oak Hill led 40-35 after three stanzas. Rockland battled back to outscore the Raiders 15-14 over the final eight minutes.

“[This] game was the best they have played all season,” said first-year Tiger coach Teel Foster, a former RDHS athletic standout. “It was by far the best game of ‘team’ basketball. We still need to have better focus and not turn the ball over so much, but they are catching on.

“Despite our record this season, I feel like the girls are improving and getting better each game. They are keeping their heads held high and are realizing that they can compete with these teams. You just got to believe.”

Foster has talked a lot about her players having Tiger pride, and her student-athletes showed that Wednesday against a solid opponent.

Maggie Sabine tallied 20 points to key the Raiders.

For the Tigers, Allie Curtis (13 points, 4 assists), Hannah Sirois (13 points, 10 rebounds), Macy MacArthur (7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals), Phoebe Ferraiolo (4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Danica Hooper (3 points), Hayli Kinney (2 points), Dennison (2 points, 5 rebounds), Hannah Plourde (4 points, 5 rebounds) and Cat Fletcher (2 points) led the charge.

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Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.