'Big' win for Panther girls, but MVHS boys fall in OT to Black BearsBaughman tosses in 24 points for boys; Barrows, Marks pace girls
Waldoboro — A "big" win and a tough loss were experienced by the Medomak Valley girls and boys basketball squads respectively on Monday night, Dec. 30 as 2013 comes to a close and the promise of a new year is on the horizon.
On Monday, the Panther girls secured a 46-35 road win over Maranacook of Readfield, while the Panther boys suffered a heartbreaking 57-52 overtime home loss to the visiting Black Bears in Waldoboro.
Veteran Panther girls coach Randy Hooper said Monday's victory was the "biggest win these girls have had in two years. Should give us some confidence going into the new year."
After dropping a season-opening game to Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, the Panther girls have won four of their next five games.
Meanwhile, the Panther boys lost for only the second time in six contests, and fell in tough fashion. The game was knotted 48-48 at the end of regulation before Maranacook outscored Medomak Valley 9-4 in the extra frame.
Watch video from the game below.
At Readfield Dec. 30, the Panthers doubled up the Black Bears 12-6 in the first quarter and then kept the hosts at arm's length the rest of the way.
Leading the charge for the Panthers, who held cushions of 22-16 and 36-26 during the next two quarter breaks, were Justice Barrows with a career-high 20 points, while Hannah Marks added 16. Maggie Cox added five points, Sammie Griffin three and Sophie Cohen two. Medomak Valley made 4-of-8 free throws (50 percent).
Marks keyed the Panthers early with 12 points in the first half and Barrows paced the visitors late with 12 points in the second half half — to go along with her eight in the first half.
For Maranacook, Christine Miller tallied 19 points; Sarah Clough and Sage Hyland, both four; and Kristen Hall, Catherine Sanborn, Sarah Beckwith and Elizabeth D'Angelo, all two. The Black Bears netted 4-of-8 foul shots (50 percent) and a trey from Miller, who scored 10 points in the first half and nine more over the final 16 minutes.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (4-2, 8.1173 points) is ninth. Presque Isle (8-0, 24.4753 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
At Waldoboro Dec. 30, the Black Bears led 16-11, 30-26 and 41-36 at the first three quarter breaks. The hosts battled back to tie the game 48-48 at the end of the fourth stanza thanks to eight points from Hunter Baughman, who essentially put the Panthers on his back and carried them to a near victory.
Keying the Panthers were Baughman with 24 points; Nicholas DePatsy, nine; Zach Little, six; Colton Spear, four; Hunter Wincapaw three; and Micah Williamson and Michael Wadsworth, both two. Medomak Valley made 8-of-13 free throws (62 percent).
Baughman proved consistent offensively throughout the contest, tallying six points in the first half, 14 in the second half and four in the OT.
For Maranacook, Kent Mohlar and Cam Brochu both scored 17 points; Taylor Wilbur, 13; Caleb Jackson, seven; Brad Worster, two; and Jason Brooks, one. Mohlar drilled three 3-point baskets and Jackson had four points and Wilbur three during the pivotal OT. The Black Bears made 10-of-15 free throws (67 percent), but essentially won the game by hitting four treys to the Panthers none.
Baughman almost single-handedly got the hosts back into the game in the fourth quarter with several offensive putbacks and close-range hoops. However, with 10 seconds left in regulation, DePatsy shot a 3-pointer from the corner and missed. The talented sophomore got his own offensive rebound and rattled in a six-foot baseline hoop with six seconds left to tie the game.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (4-2, 13.3642 points) is second. Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston (6-1, 18.0864 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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