Net gains: Busline League squads shoot to success in recent contestsMMS, GSB, THMS, Boothbay stay unbeaten, first in grades, divisions
Busline League middle school basketball games continued at a torrid pace over the past few days, with action taking place on the court in the large school seventh- and eighth-grade divisions.
The large school division regular-season standings as of Dec. 6 shows:
Eighth-grade boys — Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, 7-0; Boothbay Region Elementary School, 5-1; Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast, 4-1; Wiscasset Middle School, 4-1; Searsport District Middle School, 3-2; Oceanside West White of Rockland/Thomaston, 2-4; Oceanside West Blue of Rockland/Thomaston, 1-4; Camden-Rockport Middle School, 1-6; and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta, 0-7.
Eighth-grade girls — Great Salt Bay, 7-0; Camden-Rockport, 6-1; Medomak, 4-3; Oceanside West Blue, 3-2; Boothbay, 3-3; Oceanside West White, 3-3; Searsport, 1-4; Troy Howard, 0-5; and Wiscasset, 0-6.
Seventh-grade boys — Troy Howard, 7-0; Oceanside West Blue, 6-1; Boothbay, 5-2; Medomak, 3-4; Wiscasset, 3-4; Camden-Rockport, 2-4; Great Salt Bay, 1-5; and Oceanside West White, 0-7.
Seventh-grade girls — Boothbay Region, 7-0; Oceanside West Blue, 6-1; Oceanside West White, 5-2; Camden-Rockport, 3-3; Troy Howard, 3-4; Medomak, 2-5; Great Salt Bay, 1-5; and Wiscasset, 0-7.
Coaches from the large and small school divisions can report game results by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 594-4401, ext. 116.
The following is a recap of reported results from Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6:
Large school division, boys
Searsport 59, Oceanside White 8th 44
At Searsport Dec. 6, the Vikings pulled away from the visiting Mariners over the course of the game en route to victory. Searsport led 14-8, 34-20 and 46-35 at the quarter breaks.
Barrett Grant poured in 27 points for the winners, while Liam MacMillan added 12; Connor Kneeland, 11; Ben Powell, six; Cameron Watt, two; and Caleb Polky, one.
Josep Berger scored 12 points for Oceanside West, while Max Lombardo added 11; Coby Dorr, nine; Sammy Atwood, five; Zach Gledhill, Dave Young and Dave Kurr, all two; and Noah Freeman, one.
The Mariners were 10-of-21 (48 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Vikings were 4-of-16 (25 percent).
Medomak 8th 57, Wiscasset 43
At Waldoboro Dec. 6, the Riverhawks went on a 24-10 run in the third quarter and pulled away from the Warriors to claim the victory. The two teams were knotted 10-10 after the first quarter, while the 'Hawks led 26-19 at halftime and 50-29 after three quarters.
Maty Moore scored 15 points for Medomak, while Cale Gee and Taylor McClain each added 10; Jonathan Allard, nine; Cameron Allaire, five; Patrick White, four; and Daniel Jones and Nick Grover, both two.
Ethan James scored 17 points for Wiscasset, while Cody Roberts added eight; Grant Hefler and Kevin Lynch, both six; Russell Marn, four; and Joe Pinkham, two.
The 'Hawks were 7-of-14 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Wiscasset netted 7-of-10 (70 percent).
Troy Howard 7th 49, Medomak 9
At Belfast Dec. 5, the unbeaten Lions roared past the Riverhawks of Waldoboro, after leading 14-1, 26-7 and 41-9 at the quarter breaks.
For THMS, Stan Sturgis poured in 10 points; Sam Goguen, nine; Nathaniel Johnson, eight; Tyler Bartlett, seven; Dakoda Doolan and Aaron Fuller, both four; Luke Lightner, three; and Skylar Perkins and Nick Salvatore, both two.
For MMS, Collin Fournier scored seven points and Josh Goldrup two.
The Lions made 5-of-7 free throws (71 percent) and the Riverhawks 3-of-8 (25 percent).
Oceanside Blue 7th 56, Boothbay 45
At Rockland Dec. 5, a furious comeback helped the host Mariners earn a victory over Boothbay, which led 19-12, 29-18 and 40-28 at the first three quarter breaks before Oceanside used a 28-5 fourth-quarter burst to pull out the victory.
Pacing the Mariners were Mike Norton Jr. with 25 points; Logan Sheridan, 10; Jack Freeman, six; Hunter Davis, five; Kirt Ilvonen, four; and Robert Carroll, Mike Dougherty and Nicholas Crudell, all with two.
For Boothbay, Hasch had eight points; Ames, Crocker and Gudrou, all six; Brewer, four; Bryer, two; and C. Alley, one.
Wiscasset 37, Camden-Rockport 7th 36
At Camden Dec. 5, the visitors prevailed in a hard-fought, back-and-fourth game. The host Schooners led 10-9 after the first quarter, before Wiscasset used offensive rebounding to take a 24-19 halftime edge. The Schooners struggled on the boards, said coach Chuck Crans, allowing 10 offensive rebounds for baskets.
The second half continued to be tight, with Wiscasset taking a 28-27 advantage at the end of three quarters. Behind the defense and hustle of John Chilton, the Schooners clawed back, said Crans. Poor free-throw shooting — Schooners 3-of-12 for 25 percent and Wiscasset 3-of-9 for 33 percent — and the seemingly inability to convert on layups came back to haunt the Schooners, the coach said, as the game came to a close.
With the ball and 14 seconds remaining, the Schooners worked the ball into the low post, but could not get off a shot.
Leading the Schooners were Jesse Fraser (14 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals), Lucas Boetsch (12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocked shots), Conrad Crans (4 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks), Noah Erskine (3 points, steal), Will Nickerson (2 points, 2 rebounds), Chilton (point, 3 rebounds, steal) and Will Parks (3 rebounds, steal).
Oceanside Blue 8th 54, Great Salt Bay 26
At Thomaston Dec. 5, the host Mariners pulled away from GSB of Damariscotta.
Pacing Oceanside were Mitchell Delfrate with 16 points; Gage Robinson, nine; Jackson Arnsdorf, eight; Martin King, six; and Ryan Lawrence, Zack Robinson and Sam Townsend, all four; and Anthony Marsh, three.
For GSB, Riley Cubsling tallied seven points; Jon Pinklobser, five; Kolton McKenney and Will Ton, both four; Tyler Wood, three; Trevor Jones, two; and Gabe Hunt, one
Oceanside made 5-of-13 foul shots (38 percent) and GSB 9-of-16 (56 percent).
Large school division, girls
Medomak 8th 29, Wiscasset 19
At Waldoboro Dec. 6, the Riverhawks pulled away from the Warriors in the third quarter and surged to victory over the visitors. Wiscasset led 8-6 after the first eight minutes, while Medomak rallied to take a 16-10 halftime lead and took a 24-12 advantage after three quarters.
Nicole Obuchon scored nine points to lead Medomak, while Alika McMurrin, Cassidy Taylor and Victoria Wheaton each added four; and Nicky Taylor, Kayla Tesseo, Maggie Ryan and Amber Studley, all two.
Gabby Chapman scored a game-high 11 points for Wiscasset, while Maisey True added four; and Ollie Martins and Hayhlee Craig, both two.
The Riverhawks were 3-of-8 (38 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 0-of-2.
Oceanside White 8th 41, Searsport 32
At Searsport Dec. 6, the Mariners pulled away from the host Vikings in the fourth quarter and prevailed by nine points. The two teams were tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and 16-16 at halftime, while Oceanside White took a slim 26-24 lead after three quarters.
Haley Montgomery netted 20 points for Oceanside White, while Brianna White-Ortiz added seven; Kaylee McCorrison and Jillian Brooks, both six; and Sydney Hall, two.
Karigen Coffin scored nine points for Searsport, while Jillian Martman and Audrey Walker each added six; Paige Ireland, Mikaela Alley and Hannah Nadeau, all three; and Harley Kirk, two.
The Mariners were 14-of-31 (45 percent) from the foul line, while the Vikings were 12-of-31 (39 percent).
Camden-Rockport 8th 35, Boothbay 34
At Boothbay Dec. 6, the Schooners rallied and knocked off the host Wildcats by one point. Camden-Rockport took its first lead of the game with three minutes left in regulation and held on to win.
Charlotte Messer and Mara Doste each tossed in 10 points for the winners, while Rebekah Schade added seven; Julia Holt, six; and Maddie Wickenden, three. The Schooners were 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line.
Information for Boothbay was unavailable.
Troy Howard 7th 33, Medomak 32
At Belfast Dec. 5, in a game that went down to the wire, the host Lions outlasted the Riverhawks. THMS led 10-8 and 14-12 at the first two quarter breaks, before MMS led 20-18 after three stanzas.
For Troy Howard, Madison Hemingway tallied 10 points; Alison Defeo and Emma Mehuren, both eight; and Kelsey Mehuren, seven.
For the Riverhawks, Gabby DePatsy netted 17 points; Cierra Dyer, 11; and Katie York, four.
The Lions missed their only free throw, while MMS made 4-of-8 foul shots (50 percent).
Boothbay 47, Oceanside Blue 7th 34
At Rockland Dec. 5, visiting Boothbay pulled away from Oceanside en route to the win. Boothbay led 7-3, 19-13 and 36-16 at the quarter breaks.
For Oceanside, Gabby Simmons scored 19 points; Molly Spencer and Taylor Hamlin both six; and Zoe Goff, three.
For Boothbay, Paige Brown tallied 18 points; Sydney Meader, 15; Denise Stover, four; Jo Shaw, three; Jackie Mcloon, Sydney Mercler and Lilly Sherborn, all two; and Tori Morin, one.
The Mariners were 5-of-16 (31 percent) from the foul line and Boothbay 11-of-31 (35 percent).
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