High school basketball

Medomak Valley boys top Eagles, claim region's top seed

Panther girls fall to Lincoln Academy, miss regional playoffs
Feb 08, 2013

Newcastle — With one team playoff-bound and the other preparing for the offseason, the Medomak Valley boys and girls basketball teams hit the court in their respective regular-season finales Thursday night, Feb. 7 in a doubleheader against Lincoln County-rival Lincoln Academy.

The Panther boys earned a 59-43 win over the Eagles and, in the process, wrapped up the regular season with a 16-2 record and the top seed in Eastern Class B.

The Panther girls, on the outside of the playoffs looking in for the first time in four years, dropped a 45-36 decision to the host Eagles.

Additionally, the Panther boys are the 2012-13 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B champions. MVHS was to play Oceanside for the league title on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Cony High School in Augusta, but that game has been canceled due to inclement weather.

The following is a recap of the final Panther regular-season games:

Boys basketball

Medomak Valley 59, Lincoln Academy 43

At Newcastle Feb. 7, the Panthers wrapped up the regular season with their ninth straight win and a triumph over their Lincoln County rivals. Medomak Valley led 19-12, 37-17 and 46-27 at the quarter breaks.

John Murray tossed in 19 points to lead the Panthers, while Ryan Ripley added nine; Brandon Soper, eight; Nicholas DePatsy, seven; Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet and Boone Olson, both five; and Kazu Tibbetts and Michael Wadsworth, both three.

Murray also pulled down 12 rebounds for the visitors, while Ripley had four assists and four steals.

For Lincoln Academy, A.J. Oliver scored eight points, while Tom Masters and Sawyer Pinkham each added seven and Devin Scherer six.

Medomak Valley netted 14-of-21 free throws (67 percent), while Lincoln Academy converted 9-of-14 (64 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (16-2, 137.1914 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

Lincoln Academy 45 Medomak Valley 36

At Newcastle Feb. 7, the Panthers could not overtake the host Eagles and were downed in their regular-season finale. Lincoln Academy led 11-2, 25-22 and 34-24 at the quarter breaks.

Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet scored nine points to lead the Panthers, while Elise Wallace and Hannah Heald each tallied eight; Missy Philbrook, four; Maggie Cox and Sami Griffin, both three; and Desiree Benner, one.

For Lincoln Academy, Jen Genthner scored 11 points, while Hayden Campbell added nine; Leslie Sandefur and Taylor Oliver, both six; Ashley McKenney and Danielle Pinkham, both five; and Merissa Look, three.

The Panthers were 8-of-13 (61 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 13-of-19 (68 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (5-13, 20.0000 points) is 15th, while Presque Isle (18-0, 157.4074 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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