Eighth-grade girls basketball

Perfect campaign ends with title win for Oceanside over Troy Howard

Mariners, Lions tussle in middle school championship encounter
By Ken Waltz | Jan 27, 2020
Photo by: Ken Waltz Oceanside's Sophia Daggett, right, and Troy Howard's Summer Flewelling on Jan. 25 in the Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. The Mariners beat the Lions 59-24.

Rockland — In the end, after 32 minutes of up-and-down, intense court play, Oceanside simply had too much strength, speed, height, experience and overall talent, but Troy Howard took it all in stride and pushed hard to the final buzzer.

When the final buzzer sounded, the No. 1 Mariners of Thomaston (13-0) had secured an unbeaten campaign and won the Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship with a 59-24 victory over the No. 2 Lions of Belfast (11-3).

Troy Howard had surged to the finals despite having a combined seventh- and eighth-grade roster, including many of its top players being seventh-graders.

Nonetheless, that did not take away from the impressive 2019-20 campaign by the Mariners, who led the championship game 13-7, 31-13 and 48-17 at the quarter breaks and used a variety of skilled court play to beat all opponents — including the Lions in the finale..

The Oceanside and Troy Howard court battle was the third of four large school division championship games on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Oceanside High School.

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Oceanside, coached by Dan McNichol, include Elizabeth Everett, Sophia Clayton, Caitlyn Lamb, Melissa Fogg, Sophia Vose, Natalee Hitz, Jillian Barnard, Ada Marves, Aubryn Knowlton, Sophia Daggett, Hannah Erickson, Holly Davis and Grace Webber.

Troy Howard, coached by Elmer Deans and Kevin Gray, include Danica Gray, Breanna Shorey, Maddie Deans, Audri Goodwin, Clara Stout, Summer Flewelling, Ava Markham, Kayla Wight, Ada Curry, Kalli Knight, Kaelynn Beeton and Shyann Walker.

In Saturday's championship game, Oceanside was led by Daggett and Vose with 20 and 17 points. Daggett controlled the paint as she used her 6-foot height and overall talent to give THMS fits, while Vose was all over the court from her guard position, as she swished a number of mid-range jumpers. Daggett scored 14 points in the first half, while Vose had 11 in the second half to balance one another.

The Mariners also saw Lamb tally seven points; Webber and Fogg, four; and Barnard, Marves and Erickson, two. Oceanside finished 4-of-16 (25 percent) from the free-throw line and did not make a trey.

For the scrappy Lions, Shorey netted eight points; Beeton and Goodwin, four; Deans and Curry, three; and Wight, two. Troy Howard made 7-of-14 foul shots (50 percent) and Deans connected on the game's lone 3-pointer.

The single-elimination postseason began Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Competing in the large school division were Oceanside, Medomak, Camden-Rockport, Troy Howard and Great Salt Bay of Damariscotta.

The final regular-season standings included: Oceanside 11-0, Troy Howard 10-2, Great Salt Bay 9-3, Medomak 8-2 and Camden-Rockport 4-5.

Earlier in the playoffs, No. 4 Medomak beat No. 5 Camden-Rockport, No. 1 Oceanside bested No. 4 Medomak 42-39 and No. 2 Troy Howard beat No. 3 GSB 42-39.

The large and small school division teams played one another during the regular season but split for their own playoff tournaments.

Busline League middle school basketball championships
Scenes from Busline League middle school seventh- and eighth-grade basketball championships on Jan. 25 in Rockland. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Scene from Troy Howard and Oceanside on Jan. 25 in Busline League middle school girls eighth-grade basketball championship game in Rockland. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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