Midcoast athletes hoop it up at KVAC senior all-star game
Waterville — Several standout senior student-athletes from the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference's Class B division donned their high school basketball uniforms for the final time March 5 at Thomas College, with several Midcoast players participating in the league's annual all-star game.
The game saw the Coastal All Stars (players from Belfast, Camden Hills, Leavitt of Turner, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Medomak Valley, Morse of Bath and Oceanside) square off against the Inland All Stars (players from Mount View, Gardiner, Maranacook of Readfield, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Nokomis of Newport, Waterville and Winslow) in a game that saw, quite literally, an improbable 62-60, come-from-behind win from the Inland squad.
Coastal led 29-17 at halftime and was running away with the game late in the second half, leading 60-38. Then an Inland player netted a late field goal to tie the game 60-60 with less than a minute to play.
Inland then pulled ahead and Coastal coach Marty Messer of Camden Hills drew up a play in an attempt to win the game in the waning seconds, but Inland made a defense stop and held on to win.
Messer chalked it up to the fun and spirit of the event, and, above all, was happy he and the players were able to be part of it.
"I'm glad the girls coaches in the KVAC have kept up the tradition of having this game," he said. "It's a great opportunity for seniors to have one last fun time in basketball. I loved seeing my girls play along side rival players from Oceanside, Medomak [Valley] and Belfast and it was a treat for the fans as well. They compete against Lexi Nelligan, Kennadi Grover, Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet and Hannah Plourde all their lives, and in other sports too, and then they get to join them in this game. It was great seeing them interact."
No official scorebook was kept for the game.
The game featured two 20-minute halves and the two squads adhered to a 35-second shot clock.
A 3-point shooting contest was held at halftime of the game, which saw Nokomis' Taylor Lovely best Leavitt's Kristen Anderson 5-2 in the third and final round. Anderson, the KVAC Class B player of the year, also was a Miss Maine Basketball finalist.
Camden Hills' Jordan Knowlton and Oceanside's Plourde also participated in the 3-point contest, with each advancing to the second round.
Team members for Coastal were Belfast's Courtney Drinkwater, Katrina Lapham and Nelligan, Camden Hills' Kristina Alex, Knowlton and Megan LeGage, Oceanside's Phoebe Ferraiolo, Grover and Plourde; Medomak Valley's Hendrickson-Belloguet; Leavitt's Anderson, Jenna Cote and Mariah Treadwell; Lincoln Academy's Merissa Look; and Morse's Sadia Crosby and Megan Hixon. The team was coached by Camden Hills' Marty Messer and Lincoln Academy's Kevin Feltis.
Team members for Inland were Mount View's Alexis Morse; Gardiner's Taylor Banister, Kylee Granholm and Kelly Macomber; Maranacook's Ashley Belanger, Jessica Smith and Mariah Vining; Maine Central Institute's Katie Cronkite and Kat Smedberg; Nokomis' Traci Carson, Lacy Kent-Webber and Lovely; Waterville's Jenna Gagnon; and Winslow's Erica Bertolaccini and Megan Richards. The team was coached by Winslow's Lindsey Welch and MCI's Jason Allen.
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