Before and after the brief Christmas break, a bundle of Midcoast high school basketball teams looked for early-season victories stuffed in their stockings.

Oceanside, Medomak Valley and Belfast were in pursuit of hardwood wins prior to the break, as the Mariners and Panthers girls netted victories on Thursday, Dec. 23.

The Mariner boys bested host Belfast 76-32 and girls secured a 92-18 home victory, while the Panther girls netted a 49-42 road win over Morse of Bath.

Oceanside’s Abby Waterman. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

For the Mariner girls, it was the 200th career coaching victory for Matt Breen, who previously coached the Rockland and Oceanside boys hoop teams.

Additionally, the Panther boys came up short in a 60-57 loss to the visiting Shipbuilders.

The action continued on Monday, Dec. 27, as Oceanside, Islesboro and Searsport turned out a mixed bag of results.

Islesboro split with Shead of Eastport and Searsport with Piscataquis of Guilford, while the Oceanside boys came up on the short end of a hard-fought game with Maranacook of Readfield.

The following is a recap of reported results:


Maranacook 65, Oceanside 59

At Readfield Dec. 27, the Black Bears jumped to a six-point, first-quarter lead and won by the same margin. Maranacook led 11-5, 24-20 and 41-35 at the breaks.

Carter Galley and Alex Bartlett led the Mariner offense with 16 points, while Zeb Foster and Bodhi Ames added seven; Austin Chilles, six; Cohen Galley, five; and Jack Elwell, two. Ames also contributed six rebounds and five blocked shots, while Bartlett added six rebounds and Cohen Galley five steals and four assists.

Brayden St. Pierre scored 19 points for the Black Bears, while Nick Wilson added 14; Tyler Hreden, 13; Nick Florek, six; Kegan McClure, four; Kody Goycher and Jacob McLaughlin, three; Chris Reid, two; and Robbie Vivonzio, one.

Oceanside was 11-of-17 (65 percent) from the foul line, while Maranacook was 14-of-19 (74 percent).

Searsport 72, Piscataquis 44

At Guilford Dec. 27, the Vikings made the Pirates walk the plank and emerged with a hard-fought win. Searsport led 18-3, 33-18 and 49-29 at the quarter breaks.

Josh Wright scored 27 points for the winners, while Chase Brassbridge added 17; Gage Ellis, 12; Tim Smith, eight; and Sam Cahill, Eli Law, Cole Ellis and Sean Paige, two.

Scott Chadbourne scored 16 points for the Pirates, while Matt Chadbourne added 12; Dawson Simpson, nine; and Ben Higgins, seven.

Searsport was 4-of-12 (33 percent) from the foul line, while Piscataquis was 5-of-14 (36 percent).

Islesboro 46, Shead 23

At Eastport Dec. 27, the Eagles doubled up the host Tigers. Islesboro led 17-0, 32-9 and 40-19 at the quarter breaks.

Dylan Frank led the islanders with 15 points, while Shamus Dove added seven; Rio Dubois, six; Logan Burns, five; Harper Conover and Chase Cook, four; Tobias Conover, three; and Sam Jagger, two.

Nathan Tardif scored 14 points for the Tigers, while Antonio Vizcarrondo added six and Zack Johnson three.

Islesboro was 3-of-8 (37 percent) from the charity stripe, while Shead was 3-of-14 (21 percent).

Oceanside 76, Belfast 32

At Belfast Dec. 23, the Mariners put the game out of reach with a 23-6 third-quarter run and bested the Lions. Oceanside led 22-11, 35-22 and 58-28 at the breaks.

Carter Galley keyed the Mariners with a 23-point effort, while Austin Chilles added 16; Cohen Galley, 11; Jack Elwell, eight; Zeb Foster, six; Ben Tripp, four; Dominic Frisone and Joey Bell, three; and Andrew Peaco, two.

For Belfast, Zepherin Leppanen and K.J. Payson scored nine points; James Ritter and Elias Higgins, four; and Casey Balicki, Sam Duval and Rico Washington, two.

The Mariners were 7-of-12 (58 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 0-of-6.

Belfast’s Adria Barrows, front, and Oceanside’s Sophia Daggett. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Morse 60, Medomak Valley 57

At Waldoboro Dec. 23, the Shipbuilders overcame an early deficit and rallied to beat the Panthers. Medomak Valley led 14-5, 37-26 and 46-44 at the quarter breaks.

Trevor Brown tossed in 24 points to pace the Panthers, while Jake Bickmore added eight; Patrick McKenney, seven; Jacob Craig, six; Blake Morrison and Kory Donlin, five; and Finn Parmley, two.

Gabe Aucoin scored 18 points for the Shipbuilders, while Colin Gould tallied 10; Kyle Fredericks, nine; Thomas Guild and Andrew Card, seven; Sawyer Stead, five; and Trevor Hanna and Gibby Morrison, two.

Medomak Valley finished 6-of-13 (46 percent) from the foul line, while Morse was 9-of-16 (56 percent).


Piscataquis 44, Searsport 13

At Guilford Dec. 27, the Pirates held the Vikings scoreless in the first quarter and netted a home win. PCHS led 8-0, 18-5 and 35-7 at the quarter breaks.

Baileigh Bagley scored five points for Searsport, while Julianna Sprague added three; Kyla Perkins and Emily Mills, two; and Laura Warman, one.

Liz Randall tallied 13 points to pace Piscataquis, while Sydney Hutchins added 11; Abbey Ricker, five; Hailee Hartford, four; Kendall Kimball, three; and Martina Hill, Brylee Ricker, Katelynn White and Addy Brentwith, two.

The Vikings were 4-of-7 (57 percent) from the foul line, while the Pirates were 9-of-17 (53 percent).

Shead 64, Islesboro 8

At Eastport Dec. 27, the Tigers went on the offensive in a big way and prowled past the Eagles. Shead led 12-2, 30-2 and 50-6 at the quarter breaks.

Sam Conover scored four points for the islanders, while Anna Zlotkowski and Abby Leach added two.

Lindsey Dohane scored 20 points for Shead, while Jenna Suddy added 12; Maia Fenderson, eight; Audrey Andrews, six; Cadence Baskerville, Ryleigh Bassett and Aleska Suddy, four; and Dana Mahar, Ashlee Morang and Katie Bartlett, two.

The Eagles were 0-of-4 from the foul line, while the Tigers were 8-of-12 (67 percent).

Oceanside 92, Belfast 18

At Rockland Dec. 23, the Mariners sailed to their highest scoring output of the campaign and remained unbeaten on the young season. Oceanside led 30-6, 58-11 and 82-12 at the quarter breaks.

Each Mariner scored in Thursday’s win, including Audrey Mackie with 23 points; Bailey Breen, 20; Aubri Hoose, 12; Sophia Daggett, eight; Abby Waterman, seven; Anna Kingsbury, six; Ahlivia Morris and Emily Sykes, five; Natalie Hitz, three; Alydia Hatch, two; and Sierra Hanson, one.

Halle Tripp netted five points for Belfast, while Trista Bailey added three; and Kara Richards, Julie Darres, Madison Deans, Jayden Philbrook and Natalie Hamlin, two.

The Mariners netted 6-of-11 (54 percent) from the foul line, while the Lions were 5-of-10 (50 percent).

Oceanside, unbeaten after six games in 2021-22, has won 19 straight games the past two years, including being 13-0 in its “pod” championship campaign last winter.

Oceanside’s Audrey Mackie. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Medomak Valley 49, Morse 42

At Bath Dec. 23, the Panthers netted a seven-point win over the Shipbuilders. Medomak Valley led 13-8, 25-17 and 34-31 at the quarter breaks.

Alyssa Creamer scored 17 points to pace the Panthers, while Kytana Williamson added 10; Autumn Ripley, eight; Addison McCormick, six; Katherine McKenney, four; Sara Nelson, two; and Baylee Stewart and Madilyn Simmons, one.

Ripley (5 rebounds, 4 steals), McKenney (4 rebounds), Creamer (7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals), Williamson (3 steals), Nelson (5 steals, 4 rebounds) and McCormick (6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists) also contributed solid statistical performances.

Dakota Shipley scored 13 points for the Shipbuilders, while Danielle Bryant tallied 10; Maddy Werner and Haley Kirkpatrick, five; Julia Lucas, four; Lanye Brewer, three; and Michaela Peterson, two. Shipley also added 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots and Kirkpatrick secured eight caroms.

Medomak Valley finished 14-of-23 (61 percent) from the foul line, while Morse was 4-of-6 (67 percent).

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