The Oceanside Middle School girls seventh-grade basketball team proved impossible to beat all season, and proved why again on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27 against Camden-Rockport in the Busline League championship game at Camden-Rockport Middle School.

The Mariners of Thomaston/Rockland found themselves in a momentary hole against the Schooners of Camden in the game’s opening minutes, but pulled ahead and distanced themselves from their opponent in the second stanza en route to a 55-43 win and the coveted title and an unbeaten season.

The Mariners ended the campaign at a perfect 12-0, while the Schooners of Camden finished 8-4.

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Team members for Oceanside, led by coach Ian Carey, include Alexa Finley, Searra Hansen, Lexi Knowlton, Carly Hussey, Michaela Smith, Audrey Mackie, Alydia Hatch, Abigail Hersey, Bella Stasulis, Emily Sykes, Justice Gendron, Grace VanBuskirk, Abby Waterman, Hannah Gladden and Riley Wellman.

Team members for Camden-Rockport, led by coach Cheryl Beveridge, include Molly Shook, Molly Hixon, Hannah Christie, Lauren Howland, Ella Graffam, Bella Bousum, Addie Cortese, Kyra Anderson, Kayla Paparello, Gabby Genthner, Lana Massengale, Sophia Pitcher, Lily Enggass, McKenna Craney, Mae Dostie and Lucy Cohen.

Oceanside held an early 10-7 lead, surged to a 30-22 edge at halftime and extended its advantage to 42-33 after three quarters.

Waterman led the Mariners with a 15-point effort, while Mackie added 14; Stasulis and Sykes, 10; and Hersey, VanBuskirk and Wellman, two.

Genthner led the Schooners with 14 points, while Hixon tallied 12; Christie, six; Shook, five; Dostie, four; and Howland and Anderson, one.

Oceanside finished 12-of-21 (57 percent) from the foul line, while Camden-Rockport was 11-of-26 (42 percent).

The teams jockeyed for position in the opening minutes before — trailing 7-4 — Oceanside scored the final six points of the first quarter when Sykes scored on the block, Mackie gave the Mariners the lead with a baseline jumper and Waterman followed with two foul shots to make the score 10-7.

Hixon stopped the bleeding with a fastbreak layup to start the second quarter, but the Mariners went on a 14-3 run on three hoops from Waterman, a Mackie baseline jumper, hoops by Wellman and Sykes and a runner by Stasulis to put Oceanside ahead 24-12.

In the playoffs, No. 1 Oceanside received a first-round bye and bested No. 5 Troy Howard 53-21 in the semifinals, while No. 2 Camden-Rockport received a first-round bye and defeated No. 3 Medomak 36-20 in the semifinals.

In earlier playoff action, No. 5 Troy Howard beat No. 4 Great Salt Bay 41-31.

The final regular-season standings included: Oceanside 10-0, Camden-Rockport 7-3, Medomak 6-4, Great Salt Bay 2-8 and Troy Howard 1-9. Oceanside, Camden-Rockport and Medomak receive first-round byes.

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