The Boothbay Lobster Jam summer basketball girls tournament returned this weekend with a reduced field. Instead of the traditional 16-team format, only six teams competed this summer in Boothbay Harbor. But the two-day tournament took a major hit after the first day. Camden Hills, Brunswick and Kennebunk pulled out after July 29’s games leaving only Cheverus, Lincoln Academy and Boothbay remaining.
The host Lady Seahawks lost twice to Lincoln Academy and once to Camden Hills. On July 30, Cheverus defeated Lincoln Academy for the tournament championship. The annual summer tournament was put on hold for the past two summers due to Covid-19. In past tournaments, the Lady Seahawks competed against a field of teams from Classes AA. A, B and C. The Lady Seahawks entered this year’s tournament play with nine players. “We’re young. Our team is mostly freshmen and sophomores with one senior,” Second-year coach Bruce Orne said. “We’ve spent time this summer developing our skills through a lot of drills. This summer, we’ve also focused on moving without the ball which we’ve made good progress with.”
The summer schedule took a toll on this year’s entrants. Camden Hills and Brunswick didn’t have enough players for the second day due to a girls’ high school soccer tournament. Kennebunk’s team was thinned due to additional injuries.