KVAC Class B senior girls hoop it up one final timeBelfast, Medomak Valley, Camden Hills, Oceanside, Mount View players participate
Gardiner — Female senior student-athletes from throughout the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division had one more go of it on the hardwood Tuesday night, March 4 at Gardiner Area High School during the league's all-star game, with a handful of Midcoast players and two coaches participating in their final games of the year.
The home team, coached by Medomak Valley’s Randy Hooper, included Sammie Griffin and Brooke Benedict of Medomak Valley; Hannah Bridges and Mia Taylor of Erskine Academy of South China; Ally Day, Nicole Chadwick and Abby Dunn of Gardiner; Jen Genthner and Danielle Pierce of Lincoln Academy of Newcastle; Sara Beckwith of Maranacook of Readfield; and Hannah Allen and Colleen O'Donnell of Waterville.
The away team, coached by Camden Hills’ Marty Messer, included Ashley Littlefield of Belfast; Jaclyn Gilson and Bekah Hilt of Camden Hills; Courtney Morse of Mount View; Brooke Dugan of Oceanside; Tasha Cloutier, Megan Dow and Kendra Gilbert of Leavitt of Turner; Bri Losse of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield; and Anna MacKenzie, Kelsie Richards, Kylie Richards and Taylor Shaw of Nokomis of Newport.
In the end, after two 16-minute halves, the away team pulled away with a 54-42 win over the home squad.
Three-point shooting contests have taken place at halftime of the senior games in recent years, but there was no contest this season as the overall event was a “low key affair this year," said Hooper, who also won the KVAC Class B coach of the year honor this winter.
"The girls all had fun," said Hooper. "One last time playing in their [high] school uniform, and they got a chance to play with some people instead of playing against them. Fun for us as coaches to be able to interact with them as teammates not adversaries."
"This game was a great way for a group of seniors to have one final fun, send off,” said Messer. “They get the opportunity to play with some of the opponents that they've been against for years in basketball and other sports. I'm glad the KVAC girls coaches keep this tradition alive."
The away team led 25-15 at halftime.
Losse led the winners with a 13-point effort, while Littlefield added 11 (including a 3-pointer); MacKenzie nine; Shaw, seven; Kelsie Richards, six; Gilson, four; Dow, two; and Hilt, one.
Griffin and Day led the home team with 10 points each, while O’Donnell and Dunn added six; Genthner, four; and Pierce, Beckwith and Allen, two.
The home team netted 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the foul line and the away team 2-of-6 (33 percent).
The home team rallied late and cut its deficit to 40-38, but the away team went on a surge to end the game with all four Nokomis Warriors and Gilson on the floor during the game’s final run for the visitors.
Not all players selected to participate made the trip to play in the game, including Oceanside's Dugan, Mount View's Morse and Medomak Valley's Benedict.