ROCKLAND — The Oceanside girls third- and fourth-grade travel basketball team realized steady improvement and plenty of court success during the tournament season.

The squad, coached by Scott Herrick, Travis Doughty and Casey Kenniston, included Maeve Poland, Breezy Doughty, Riley Nickles, Harper Kenniston, Lucia Herrick, Emma Stackpole, Kamea Thomas, Saylor Maloney, Isabelle Tripp and Anna Hill.

The group started in an event on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27 in Glenburn. Oceanside lost to Mount Desert Island, Belfast and Glenburn as the young Mariners did not make it out of pool play.

The squad showed improvement on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13 at the AYS Madness Tournament at the Augusta Civic Center. Oceanside played Gardiner, Hall-Dale of Hallowell and Messalonskee of Oakland in pool play with the local squad’s lone win being over Messalonskee. That victory moved the girls to the playoffs on Sunday, where they beat Windham 12-10 in the quarterfinals and lost to Hall-Dale 17-14 in the semifinals.

Oceanside continued its quests for court victories on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20 at the Lions’ Den Tournament in Belfast. In pool play, the Mariners beat Belfast 23-17, MDI 9-3 and Mount View of Thorndike 29-2 to finish 3-0. In the semifinals, the girls defeated Hampden 25-1 and lost to Belfast 12-11 in the championship to finish runners-up.

The final event for the young hoop athletes was on Sunday, April 3 at the Black Bear Tournament, hosted by Maranacook in Readfield. The one-day, double-elimination event included Oceanside, Maranacook, Camden Hills of Camden, Rockport, Appleton, Lincolnville and Hope and Skowhegan.

Oceanside beat Maranacook 14-10, as Harper Kenniston tallied nine points, Stackpole three and Poland two. In the winner’s bracket, Oceanside defeated Skowhegan 15-11, as Harper Kenniston netted nine points and Stackpole, Poland and Tripp two.

In the championship game, Oceanside outdistanced Maranacook 21-18, as Harper Kenniston tossed in 12 points, Stackpole five and Maloney four.

The event also included a two-minute hot-shot competition, where three players from each team took shots from four marked points on the court — 30 seconds at each spot. Harper Kenniston, Poland and Stackpole finished first in the competition with 29 baskets.

Coach Kenniston said “the girls showed steady improvement,” and added during the regular season for their own teams, the girls played on hoops nine feet off the floor, with size 5 balls (27.5 circumference, 17 ounces) and jumped to 10-foot high hoops and size 6 balls (28.5 circumference, 20 ounces) during the travel season.

“The one constant for this group was their ability to play tough defense and consistently hold teams to their lowest point totals of a tournament,” coach Kenniston said.

He said Brooks Trap Mill, F/V Breezy Eve, Kenniston Machine & Engineering, Scott and Stephanie Herrick, and Lauren Hall made contributions for tournaments fees and uniforms.

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