Middle school basketball

Busline League court athletes take final shots before holiday break

Wild, foul-plagued Searsport and Oceanside Blue 8th-grade boys contest
By Staff | Dec 22, 2013
Searsport District Middle School's Connor Kneeland (4) and Oceanside Middle School Blue's Trevor Carty during a Busline League boys eighth-grade basketball game Dec. 19 in Thomaston.

Busline League middle school basketball squads officially wrapped up 2013 with a bundle of recent games.

The regular season is set to resume on Thursday, Jan 2.

Coaches can report results to Courier Publications/VillageSoup by emailing game information or by sending photos, taken by a smartphone, of the home and away books, to sports@courierpublicationsllc.com. Results also can be reported by calling 594-4401, extension 116.

Click for photos from the Searsport at Oceanside Blue eighth-grade boys game.

Click for other middle school basketball photos from this season.

The following is a recap of recently-reported results:

Boys basketball

Camden-Rockport 8th 48, Bristol 42

At Camden Dec. 20, the Schooners bested the visiting Blue Devils in a back-and-forth affair. Camden-Rockport led 13-12 after the first quarter, while Bristol led 24-19 at halftime. The Schooners then took a 34-33 edge after three quarters.

Noah Heidorn scored 22 points to lead CRMS, while Lucas Boetsch added 12; Jesse Fraser, nine; Conrad Crans, three; and Noah Erskine, two.

Masters led Bristol with 20 points, while Spealman added seven; Holmes, six; Simmons and Steben, both three; and Gamage and Wall, both two.

First names for Bristol players were unavailable.

Searsport 66, Oceanside Blue 8th 60 (OT)

At Thomaston Dec. 19, the Vikings held the Mariners to a single point in overtime and picked up the hard-fought win. Oceanside led 12-9 after the first quarter and 22-21 at halftime, while Searsport led 40-38 after three quarters. The two squads were tied 59-59 at the end of regulation.

For Searsport, Liam MacMillan scored 24 points for Searsport, while Connor Kneeland added 16; Ben Powell, 14; Charlie Spiegel, eight; and Devon Bean, four.

For Oceanside Blue, Mike Norton poured in 39 points, while Logan Sheridan added eight; Trevor Carty, six; Zach Porter, three; and Mike Doherty and Silas Miller, both two.

The Vikings were 23-of-58 (40 percent) from the foul line, while the Mariners were 4-of-6. That means SDMS outscored Oceanside 23-4 from the foul line.

Oceanside finished the game with only three players on the court as seven of the team's 10 players fouled out of the game. With the Vikings using a 5-on-3 advantage in overtime, they were able to slow the game down, get quality shots and pull away.

“I’ve never seen a game like this played and it is certainly something you never practice for,” said Searsport coach Otis Kneeland. “Michael Norton hit one big shot after another to get his team close and then finally pull them even with about two minutes to go in the game before finally fouling out. Searsport’s inability to hit their free throws kept the game closer than it should have been and set the stage for a dramatic ending that almost went Oceanside’s way despite their personnel difficulties.”

Camden-Rockport 7th 35, Boothbay 33

At Camden Dec. 19, the Schooners nipped the visiting Wildcats by two points. Boothbay led 4-3 after the first quarter, while Camden-Rockport led 17-11 at halftime and 25-19 after three quarters.

Jack Hanson scored 11 points for CRMS, while Sam Hebert added eight; Austin Charkowick, six; Kerry Sabanty and Wyatt Johnson, both four; and Spencer Johndro, two.

For Boothbay, Nick Morley scored 13 points, while Mitchell Andrews added eight; Alex Eason, six; Gabe Barley, four; and Stephen Bennett, two.

The Schooners were 1-of-15 (7 percent) from the foul line, while the Wildcats were 9-of-16 (56 percent).

Searsport 8th 62, Great Salt Bay 53

At Searsport Dec. 18, the Vikings pulled away from the Cougars of Damariscotta late and prevailed in a back-and-forth affair. Searsport led 18-16 after the first quarter, while GSB took a 30-28 lead at halftime. The hosts then tok a 42-38 lead after three quarters.

Connor Kneeland netted 27 points for Searsport, while Ben Powell added 20; Charlie Spiegel, eight; Aarom Wiley, Josh Golder and Devon Bean, all two; and Harold Merithew, one.

For GSB, Keydon Leeman scored 18 points, while Jacob Maker added 12; Jon Pinkerton, 10; Andrew Greenleaf, eight; Isaac Knapp, three; and Gilbert Seamus, two.

The Vikings were 7-of-16 (44 percent) from the foul line, while the Cougars were 9-of-12 (75 percent).

Medomak 7th 51, Oceanside White 45 (OT)

At Waldoboro Dec. 16, the Riverhawks shone in overtime, besting the visiting Mariners. Medomak led 18-14 at halftime before Oceanside White rallied to tie the game 40-40 at the end of regulation.

Nathan Emerson scored 23 points for the 'Hawks, while Alden McLain added nine; Alec Coughlin, six; and Joey Horowitz, four. McLain was 6-of-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and in overtime.

Amos Andrews scored 21 points for Oceanside, while Zack Cody added nine and Cooper Wirkala and Isaiah Millay both six.

Girls basketball

Vinalhaven 55, Hope 39

At Vinalhaven Dec. 20, the host Vikings jumped on the Hawks early and picked up the 16-point win. Vinalhaven led 14-4, 24-17 and 43-29 at the quarter breaks.

Laticia Billings scored 15 points for the Hawks, while Kira Barley and Kaityln Turnbull each added 10; and Kesha Lane and Nicole Brown, both two. Billings canned four 3-pointers and also dished out six assists.

Information for Vinalhaven was unavailable.

Oceanside Blue 8th 47, Searsport 22

At Thomaston Dec. 19, the Mariners sailed to a convincing win over the Vikings. Oceanside Blue led 12-3, 19-14 and 33-20 at the quarter breaks.

Gabby Simmons scored 15 points for the winners, while Casey Pine added eight; Aubrey Anderson, eight; Emily Clough, six; Kyleigh Farnham, four; and Jordan Brackett and Mackenzie Murray, both two.

For Searsport, Brooklynn Alberts scored six points, while Mikeala Alley added five; Ashten Wells, four; Audrey Walker, three; and Kaylee Knowles, two.

The Mariners were 6-of-17 (35 percent) from the foul line, while the Vikings were 6-of-15 (40 percent).

Boothbay 7th 61, Camden-Rockport 42

At Camden Dec. 19, the Schooners could not overtake the Wildcats and fell in a game at home. Boothbay led 16-7, 25-21 and 46-33 at the quarter breaks.

Kassie Krul scored 28 points for CRMS, while Capri Buck added eight; Maddie Holt, four; and Lauren Rothwell, two.

For Boothbay, Faith Blethen scored 25 points, while Katie Moore added 18; Helen Hamblett and Hannah Gentry, both six; and Maggie Larson, Alexis Davidson and Ashley Abbott, all two.

The Schooners were 12-of-19 (63 percent) from the foul line, all of which were shot by Krul. The Wildcats were 2-of-6 (33 percent) from the charity stripe.

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