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Middle school girls basketball

Oceanside, Medomak renew championship court rivalry in LA event

In seventh-eighth tournament, Mariners outlast Panthers 42-35
By Ken Waltz | Mar 05, 2020

Newcastle — The Medomak and Oceanside middle school-aged girls basketball players have struck quite a competitive, fun court rivalry, one based on friendship, mutual respect and, of course, the pursuit of good hard, clean hoop play and, ultimately, winning.

In the Lincoln Academy eighth-grade tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4, the Midcoast neighbors faced off in the finals, as the Mariners pulled out the victory.

While the young court athletes have played against each other in youth sports for years, during the recent Busline League middle school hoop season, the Oceanside seventh- and eighth-grade teams won championships, as the Medomak seventh-graders finished second.

The LA tourney included Oceanside, Medomak, Lincoln Academy and Boothbay.

On Wednesday, Oceanside beat Medomak 42-35 in the title game.

For the Mariners, Bailey Breen tossed in 24 points; Sophie Vose, seven; Natalie Hitz, five; Sophie Daggett, three; and Grace Webber, Jillian Barnard and Caitlyn Lamb, one. Included on Oceanside's roster are Breen and Daggett, talented 6-foot players.

For Medomak, Olivia Pelkey talled 13 points; Maya Cannon, 12; Sara Nelson, three; and Kytana Williamson, Katherine McKenney and Haley Puchalski, two.

Medomak coach Andrea Williamson said the opponents started slow and had trouble hitting shots, as Oceanside held a 5-4 first-quarter lead. In the second quarter, Oceanside outscored Medomak 11-7 to take a 16-11 halftime cushion.

The Panthers battled back within two points in the third stanza before the Mariners outdistanced the Panthers in the final eight minutes for the seven-point win.

On Tuesday, Oceanside beat LA (score unavailable) and Medomak bested Boothbay 45-16.

For Medomak, Katherine McKenney, tossed in nine points; Olivia Pelkey, seven; Haley Puchalski and Maya Cannon, six; Eliza Luce, five; Kytana Williamson and Sara Nelson, four; and Erica Waite and Lilly Christ, two.

For Boothbay, Jordan Chamness tallied six points; Laura Chapman and Lizzie Pearce, four; and Anna Gosselin, two.

Coach Williamson said the Panthers played strong defense and scored 18 points in the first quarter to take control. Medomak led 18-7, 32-7 and 36-12 after three.

There also was a 3-point shooting contest between the teams. On Tuesday, Medomak beat Boothbay and Lincoln bested Oceanside. The winners faced off Wednesday, as the Panthers won. Shooters for Medomak were Olivia Pelkey, Kytana Williamson, Katherine McKenney and Eliza Luce.

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