St. George girls, Mainely Lobster boys capture 22nd annual Mussel Ridge Hoops tournament

TENANTS HARBOR – The St. George school was filled to capacity all weekend long as the St. George Recreation Department held its 22nd annual Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament for 3rd and 4th-grade boys and girls.

Mainely Lobster's Brady Proctor, center, is surrounded by St. George players, Connor Kingsbury, back, Matthias McPhail, (32) and Josh Elwell (25),  after grabbing a rebound.  (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

Click here to view all eight photo galleries from this tournament. Each team was covered at least once. 

It took all 14 games of the double elimination tournament to decide the winners as both the championship games were forced to the “If” game.

In the end, it was the St. George girls, who lost their first game and came back through the losers bracket to capture the championship and for the boys, it was Mainely Lobster that also lost their second game and fought back to win the tournament championship.

St. George's Hannah Leavitt goes up with a layup past here Thomaston defender. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

Friday, March 17
Thomaston 21, St. George 13 - Thomaston girls gradually pulled away to an eight-point win.  High scorer for Thomaston was Shawnte Drummond with 11 points, For St. George, Scarlett Miller had seven.

Saturday,  March 18
Camden 14, Cushing 12 - Camden prevailed in a tight defensive battle. Veronica Walters of Camden and Sienna Geretz and Raven Pierce from Cushing all scored five points each.

St. George 14, Cushing 10 - St. George got out to an eight-point halftime lead and hung on for the win. Scarlett Miller led the Dragons with seven points and Raven Pierce had four for Cushing. (Cushing girls eliminated).

Thomaston 22, Camden 13 - Thomaston pulled away in the second half for a nine-point win. Thomaston high scorer was Mauwa Jordan with 10 points, For Camden, it was Brenna Odone with seven.

St. George 29, Camden 19 - St. George got off to a hot start and rode that momentum to a win. High scorers for St. George were Hannah Leavitt with 11 points. For Camden, Leah Jones had 10. (Camden eliminated).

Sunday, March 19
Championship Games
Game 1 - St. George 26, Thomaston 16 - The St. George girls had lost their first game to Thomaston so this was a big win for them and forced the second game to determine the champion. St. George used a strong third quarter to defeat Thomaston and force the deciding game. High scorers for St. George was Hannah Leavitt with 16 points and for Thomaston, Mauwa Jordan had six.

Game 2 - St. George 22, Thomaston 15 - This was for all the marbles and the  St. George girls were not going to be denied as they completed their run from the losers bracket to defeat Thomaston and take the Mussel Ridge title.

St. George led after the first quarter 7-2. Thomaston fought back to take the  12-11 halftime lead. St. George recaptured the lead in the third quarter and took an 18-14 lead into the final stanza where they held on for the win and the championship title.

Scoring for St. George was, Kaylee Staples with seven points; Hannah Leavitt six; Scarlett Miller five; and Izabella Simmons and Karley Putansu two each.

Other members of the champion St. George girls are Natalie Gill, Violet Ward, Alyssa Tynan and Willow Miller. The team is coached by Josh Miller and Summer Ward.

Scoring for Thomaston was, Mauwa Jordan with five points; and Riley Beaudry, Shawnee Drummond, Taylin Lowe, and Gracie Stevens had two each.

The remaining member of the Thomaston team are Virginia Davis, Elizabeth Barstow, Anna Dupont; Aliyah Zogratos, Alayna Marchessault, Audrey Colby, and Isabella Early. The team is coached by Chris Barstow.

St. George resident Rick O'Malley kept the tradition going of singing the National Anthem Saturday morning to kick off the day's games. (Photo by Ron Hawkes)

Friday, March 17
St. George 43, Thomaston 29 - The St. George boys jumped out to a 13 point first half lead and coasted to victory. High scorer for St. George was Cameron Kingsbury with 15 points and for Thomaston Quentin Kruger also had 15 points.

Saturday, March 18
Mainely Lobster 67, Five Town 24 - Mainely Lobster got out front early and raced to a win. Mainely Lobster high scorer was Jake Watkinson with 19 points. For Five Town Nolan Ames had 10.

Five Town 42, Thomaston 25 - Five Town broke open a close game holding Thomaston scoreless in the fourth quarter. Five Town high scorer was Thomas Leadbetter with 15 points. For Thomaston, Quinten Kruger had 14. (Thomaston boys eliminated).

St. George 45, Mainely Lobster 44 -  Easily the best game of the tournament. The St. George boys used a third quarter spurt to get out in front and hung on for an exciting one point win. High scorers for St. George was Matthias McPhail with 16 points and for Mainely Lobster Zachary Woodman with 18.

Mainely Lobster 58, Five Town 33 - Mainely Lobster started out hot and continued on to victory over a shorthanded, but determined Five Town team.   High scorers were Zachary Woodman with 13 points for Mainely Lobster and   Nolan Ames with 10 for Five Town. (Five Town eliminated).

Sunday, March 19
Championship Games
Game 1 - Mainely Lobster 52, St.George 30 - Mainely Lobster broke open the game in the second quarter and rode to victory, forcing a deciding game.  High scorers were Chase Monroe with 15 points for Mainely Lobster and Matthias McPhail with 12 for St. George.

Game 2 - Mainely Lobster 53, St. George 17 - Mainely Lobster coasted to an easy win and the Mussel Ridge championship as the St. George boys seemed to run out of gas in this one.

Mainely Lobster led after each quarter in this one, 15-6, 27-10 and 39-13 heading into the final quarter of the tournament.

Scoring for Mainely Lobster was, Chase Monroe with 14 points; Zeb Foster 13; Brady Proctor 10; Jake Watkinson six; Zachary Woodman four; and Dominic Vose, Jackson Kay, and Colby Bennett two each. Every member of the team scored in this game. Mainely Lobster is coached by Jeff Woodman and Jeremy Proctor.

For St. George, Connor Kingsbury and Kaden Melquist had four each; Evan Morse three; and Will Minery, Hayden Schwab, and Matthias McPhail two each.

Other members of the St. George team are, Josh Elwell, Wilder Yanz, and Jack Fifield. The team is coached by Dan Kingsbury and Jeff Elwell.

Click here to view all eight photo galleries from this tournament. Each team was covered at least once. 

St. George Parks and Recreation director Ben Vail contributed to this story.


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