The annual Rockland Recreation Department's Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament tipped off March 22-23 at the Community Building, with four Midcoast teams and a squad from out of the area looking to secure the crown.

Medomak Valley, Thomaston, St. George, Gardiner and host Rockland were in action during the two-day, round-robin tournament, which featured fifth- and sixth-grade athletes.

Medomak Valley and Rockland proved to be the cream of the crop, as both earned a spot in Saturday night's championship game.

In the end, Medomak Valley avenged an earlier loss to Rockland on Saturday morning and emerged with a 31-22 victory and the tournament crown.

All games featured four six-minute quarters.

Team members for Rockland included Jackie Hall, Gabrielle Straka, Hannah Benner, Hope Butler, Molly Gould, Rachel Joyce, Philomena Marsh, Grace Woodman, Annaliese Poison, Kaycee Foster, Kalli Grover, Kassidy Robinson and Sara Dorr. The team was coached by Greg Gould and Jenn Benner.

Team members for Medomak Valley included Hattie Watmough, Melayna Benner, Mackenzie Bickmore, Taylor Post, Sadie Cohen, Cheyenne Nash, Aubrey Schaeffer, Talia Willis, Natalie Shields, Kayla Donlin, Maddy White and Lydia Simmons. The team was coached by Karen Gardiner and Chris Donlin.

Team members for Thomaston included Chloe Jones, Abby Veilleux, Morgan Heal, Hannah Moholland, Myla Ferland, Morgan Lindsey, Jackie Daggett, Lindsey Luckman, Kyle Frederick and Destiny Coyle. The team was coached by Ricky Jones.

Team members for St. George included Brooke Post, Chloe Fournier, Meghan Keizer, Alexis Rytky, Nicole Paulson, Savannah Sennay, Maddie Hooper, Jasmine Bouchard, Sadie Davis, Chloe Simmons and Seanna Montgomery. The team was coached by Chris Mills and Missy Post.

Team members for Gardiner include Jazmin Clary, Jaycie Stevens, Maggie Bell, Justice Sellars, Heidi Marquis, Caitlin Paul, Haley Smith, Atifina Mathiea, Brooke Andre, Maddie Myatt and Catherine Drossel. The team is coached by Shana Eppersen.

In the championship game Saturday night, Rockland jumped to an 8-5 lead after the first six minutes, while Medomak Valley rallied to take a 14-13 edge at halftime and led 20-17 after three quarters.

Schaeffer led the champs with nine points, while Simmons added eight; Cohen, six; White, four; and Watmough and Bickmore, both two.

For Rockland, Poison and Joyce each netted six points, while Marsh added five; Straka, three; and Robinson, two.

Medomak Valley netted 7-of-13 (54 percent) free-throw attempts, while Rockland converted 2-of-6 (33 percent).

Scores from Friday night's games included: Medomak 22, St. George 14; and Rockland 17, Thomaston 14.

Scores from Saturday's games included: Rockland 18, Medomak 14; Thomaston 30, Gardiner 15; Rockland 28, St. George 12; Medomak 31, Gardiner 13; St. George 16, Thomaston 13; Rockland 43, Gardiner 8; Medomak 27, Thomaston 12; St. George 21, Gardiner 6; and Medomak 31, Rockland 22 (championship).

Boys tourney March 29-30

The annual Rockland Recreation Department's Boys Invitational Basketball Tournament will follow the girls tournament, with 11 games broken up over two days Friday and Saturday, March 29-30 at the Rockland Community Building.

Teams from Richmond, Hall-Dale, Winslow, Windjammer Travel Team and host Rockland will take part in the fifth- and sixth-grade round-robin tournament, with the top two squads to compete in the final Saturday night at 8 p.m.

The schedule for Friday night's games includes: Richmond versus Windjammer Travel team, 6 p.m.; Rockland versus Hall-Dale, 7:15 p.m.

The schedule for Saturday's games include: Windjammer Travel Team versus Rockland, 9 a.m.; Hall-Dale versus Winslow, 10:15 a.m.; Rockland versus Richmond, 12:30 p.m.; Winslow versus Windjammer Travel Team, 1:45 p.m.; Hall-Dale versus Richmond, 3 p.m.; Winslow versus Rockland, 4:15 p.m.; Windjammer Travel Team versus Hall-Dale, 5:30 p.m.; Richmond versus Winslow, 6:45 p.m.; and championship, 8 p.m.

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