High school girls basketball

Eight is great: Mariner freshmen nab winning season

By Staff | Mar 27, 2014

Rockland — The Oceanside High School girls freshmen basketball team put together a 2013-14 season to be proud of, with several new players and a new coach collaborating for a fine year on the hardwood.

Led by coach Ashley Geel, the Mariners netted an 8-3 record and proved to be competitive against other Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference subvarsity squads.

Mariner team members included Sierra Beal, Olivia Staples, Lauren Hatch, Haley Montgomery, Cassi Butler, Bri White-Ortiz, Alexis Mazurek, Julia Barbour, Breanna Knowlton and Elise Laslavic.

"As my first year coaching I must say that I could not have asked for a better group of young ladies to work with,” said Geel, a former three-sport standout for Georges Valley High School. “At the start of the season I honestly had no idea what to expect from these girls, as I did not know any of them and therefore had not a clue what their capabilities were.”

Geel said her team “improved immensely throughout the season on many aspects of their game.”

“We focused a lot on playing together as a team on both the offensive and defensive ends,” she said. “At the start of the season this was a struggle but as it continued the girls went beyond my expectations.”

The Mariners also outscored opponents 396-315 on the year, averaging 36 points per contest.

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