Oceanside battles hard, falls short to visiting Gardiner

ROCKLAND – The Oceanside girls basketball team knew they probably needed a win to get into the playoffs. They gave it everything they had giving the Tigers a fight they were not expecting coming up just a little short losing 59-53.

Oceanside's Jillian Brooks had an outstanding night in her final home game of her high school career. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

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With the loss, as of this morning, they are in 10th place in the Maine Principles' Association Heal Point Standings.The top 10 go to the playoffs. Today there are two games in Class A North and they could move Oceanside out and Medomak Valley in but will have to wait till the games are played and the points are figured before we know for sure.

Gardiner and Oceanside came out playing a very up-tempo game with the Tigers getting the better part of the first quarter 14-11. At the half, Gardiner was up 27-23. In the third quarter, Oceanside come out fired up and took a 41-39 lead into the final stanza. The fourth quarter is where Gardiner's Lauren Chadwick took over the game scoring 11 of her game-high 21 points to lead the Tigers to victory.

Scoring for Gardiner was Chadwick with 21 points; Mary Toman 10; Leslie Stevens nine; Aimee Adams eight; Mikayla Bourassa and Leah Weymouth four each; and Logan Granholm three.

The Tigers were 19-of-27 (70 percent) from the foul line and they had two 3-pointers, one each from Chadwick and Stevens.

Oceanside's Gabby Simmons flys through the lane with a layup. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)
For Oceanside, Jillian Brooks was top scorer with 14 points; Alexis Mazurek 10; Hope Butler and Gabby Simmons seven each; Kassidy Robinson, Raechel Joyce, and Elise Laslavic four each; and Kalli Grover three.

Oceanside was 5-of-8 (63 percent) from the foul line and they knocked down six 3-pointers, three from Brooks and one each from Butler, Simmons, and Grover.

The big difference in this game was Gardiner going to the foul line 27 times while Oceanside only went eight times. Nineteen more opportunities to win a game taking uncontested shots will win most games for you.

Oceanside's Hope Butler calls out the play as she advances the ball. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

Oceanside's Sara Dorr, left, Jillian Brooks and Gabby Simmons, play defense as Gardiner tries to move the ball. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

Oceanside's Kassidy Robinson gets the ball in the post and looks to make a move. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

This Gardiner player ran into a wall, known as Jillian Brooks and Sara Dorr, as she tried to clear out the ball. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

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