Three days later, Oceanside too much for BelfastScoring from all Mariners lifts hosts to easy victory after two early postponements
Rockland — It figuratively took three days for the Oceanside and Belfast girls basketball teams to decide the outcome of their early-season game, but literally only 32 minutes for the more experienced, host Mariners to prove they were much better than the mostly young Lions.
The Mariners and Lions originally were to play on Tuesday, Dec. 17, but that game was moved to Wednesday, Dec. 18 due to snowy conditions, then moved again to Thursday night, Dec. 19 due to inclement weather.
When the Knox and Waldo county court squads finally locked horns, the host Mariners took control early, outscoring the Lions 23-9 in the opening eight minutes en route to a 70-44 victory in a make game.
Oceanside led 23-9, 44-18 and 57-27 at the quarter breaks.
Keying the hosts were Makenna Brooks with 18 points and Emily Gould 14. However, all the Mariners got into on the act, as Ashley Gardner added six points; Brianna Dugan, five; Caitlin Raye, Brooke Dugan, Becca Boggs and Alexis Davis, all four; Kalyn Grover, three; Lily Vachon, Krissy McNichol and Payton Billingsley, all two; and Ari Curtis and Meghan McGonagle, both one.
The Mariners netted 23-of-37 free throws (62 percent), led by the 8-of-10 effort from Gould. Brooks tallied nine points in each half and Gould scored all her points over the first three quarters.
For Belfast, Mariah Sturgis poured in 18 points; Ashley Littlefield, 14; Maddy Littlefield, five; Breann Cummings, three; and Kelci Faulkingham and Anna Simmons, both two. The Lions made 9-of-21 foul shots (43 percent).
Sturgis tallied 13 points in the second half and Ashley Littlefield 10 in the final 16 minutes.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (4-1, 9.1975 points) is first and Belfast (0-5, no points) 18th in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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