Sailors plot course for Class B South Championship game – Knox County VillageSoup


PORTLAND— Oceanside’s No. 2 women’s basketball team did not play their best game of the season on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 22, in the Class B South semifinals against Jay’s No. 3 Spruce Mountain.

It turned out the Mariners didn’t need it.

Opponents struggled to find offensive flow in the first half, but the Mariners used a push late in the second quarter to revive their offense in the second half and secured a 56-34 playoff victory against Phoenix at Expo.

Oceanside’s Bailey Breen. Photo by Mark Haskell

With the win, Oceanside (18-0) advances to the Class B South Championship game, where they will face No. 5 York (12-5) on Saturday February 26 at noon at the Expo. This is a change due to the forecast of bad weather the day before. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

The Wildcats upset Wells (18-2) 60-52 in the other semi.

With the loss, Spruce Mountain, who beat Newcastle’s No. 6 Lincoln Academy 44-42 in the quarter-finals and Turner’s No. 14 Leavitt 59-28 in the preliminaries, saw their season end at 14-6.

The win was also Oceanside’s 31st straight since the start of last season. In 18 games this winter, the Mariners have outscored their opponents 1,174 to 584 (65-32 average).

Oceanside’s Audrey Mackie. Photo by Mark Haskell

“It feels good,” Mariners coach Matt Breen said of his team’s semifinal victory. “The girls have worked hard and they deserve it. They work hard, they come every day with a great attitude, no disappointment and that’s why they are where they are.

Oceanside held a 10-7 advantage after the first eight minutes and led 21-10 at halftime before taking a 40-25 advantage after three stanzas.

Audrey Mackie scored 19 points to lead the Mariner offense, while Bailey Breen also contributed with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance in the win.

Emily Sykes also had nine points for Oceanside, while Ahlivia Morris added six and Abby Waterman four. Mackie and Waterman also had four assists.

Abby Waterman from Oceanside. Photo by Mark Haskell

For Spruce Mountain, Olivia Mastine had 20 points, while Jazmine Pingree added 18 and Mariyah Fournier, Elizabeth Grondin and Jaydn Pingree added two.

The Mariners were 6 of 9 (67%) from the foul line, while the Phoenix were 4 of 4 (100%).

Mastine scored the first five points of the game after a pair of free throws and a three-pointer for Spruce Mountain, but Oceanside went 10-0 after an offensive return from Bailey Breen, a Sykes trey, a transition jumper of Mackie and a Mackie trey, the latter with 50 seconds left in the stanza.

Oceanside’s Anna Kingsbury, left, and Emily Sykes, along with Spruce Mountain’s Aubrey Kachnovich. Photo by Mark Haskell

Despite running 10-0, Oceanside lacked their typical offensive pace, but were helped by the fact that Spruce Mountain had only one field goal during that span.

The Phoenix also slowed things down early and limited the Mariners’ possessions, which helped the bottom seed stay within striking distance in the first half.

“We knew they were going to be physical and try to take things,” coach Matt Breen said. “We did not execute. And that was one of the things we talked about. We were a bit careless with the ball and wanted to take advantage of the clashes to create shots in other places. For a while we didn’t, but then we got into it and started seeing Audrey get some wide-opening shots. It’s a good thing for us.

Oceanside’s Emily Sykes throws a shot as those around her react. Photo by Mark Haskell

The offensive struggles for the teams continued in the second quarter until an offensive return from Bailey Breen with 2:48 to go sparked an 8-0 run over the next minute, with the other six points coming from Morris on a base jumper and two fast-breaking Phoenix turnovers layups.

That gave Oceanside a 20-7 lead with 1:20 to go, which caused Spruce Mountain to time out.

“It’s not always popular with the kids to be the sixth man,” said coach Matt Breen of Morris. “But that’s why she is. Because of the energy. She can come in and shake things up like that. She bought into that and it really made us a better team and showed it in the second period with those quick shots. That’s why we count on her. »

Abby Waterman of Oceanside, in the middle, among others. Photo by Mark Haskell

Morris’ base jumper was thrown by Bailey Breen who quickly contested the ball from two Phoenix players on a loose ball on the ground, which triggered the fast break.

Mastine caught fire beyond the arc in the third quarter with three treys, but Sykes helped smother those flames with two triples as the Phoenix didn’t come close to 13 points the rest of the way.

After Mastine’s final trey midway through the stanza, which cut Spruce Mountain’s deficit to 34-21 with 3:26 left in the third, Oceanside scored six of the quarter’s final 10 points, the last being a Bailey Breen layup to make it 40-25.

Coach Matt Breen said his team was “trying to take what the defense presented to us by causing lags and moving the ball. [and] I think we did a very good job tonight.

“With Audrey pulling it and Em [Sykes] and them pulling it like they were, it makes it very difficult to overtake. It’s a good thing when you can get Bailey to the high job and let Abby Waterman go to work [in the paint].”

Oceanside retired in the fourth as Mackie scored 10 points in the final eight minutes, Bailey Breen four and Waterman two.

To reach that point, the Mariners also beat Waldoboro’s No. 7 Medomak Valley 60-28 in the quarterfinals.

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