Medomak Valley settles for hardwood split with MorsePanther boys continue unbeaten start, MVHS girls search for first victory
In the early stages of the regular season, the Medomak Valley boys and girls basketball teams appear headed in different directions following Friday night, Dec. 15 contests against Morse of Bath.
The Panther boys rattled off their third straight win — and are unbeaten on the season — with a 49-38 decision over the Shipbuilders at Bath. On the flip side, the Panther girls continue to search for the season's first victory after falling 40-36 to the Shipbuilders in Waldoboro.
The MVHS girls are winless, but have been involved in close contests early in the campaign.
At Bath Dec. 15, the Panthers (3-0) got a balanced scoring attack from three senior starters and stayed unbeaten on the young season. Medomak Valley led 18-8, 27-18 and 36-26 at the quarter breaks.
Ryan Ripley, Brandon Soper and John Murray each tossed in 14 points in the win for the Panthers, while Micah Williamson added four and Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet three.
For the Shipbuilders (1-2), Ethan Winglass scored 10 points, while Chris Paulus added eight; Devon Myers, Casey Watson and Kevin McCullough, all six; and Trent Moore, two.
The Panthers were 7-of-15 (47 percent) from the foul line, while the Shipbuilders were 0-of-2.
Veteran Medomak Valley coach Nick DePatsy praised his team's play in the win, particularly Ripley, who held Morse's most potent offensive weapon, Matt Munster, scoreless in the game.
At Waldoboro Dec. 15, the Panthers (0-3) could muster only one point in the third quarter and never recovered as the Shipbuilders (1-2) sailed to their first win of the season. Medomak Valley led 13-5 after the first quarter and 21-18 at halftime, but Morse took a 30-22 lead after three quarters.
Sami Griffin netted 17 points for the Panthers, while Hannah Heald added six; Hannah Marks, five; Elise Wallace, four; Desiree Benner, three; and Missy Philbrook, one.
For the Shipbuilders, Megan Hixon and Sydne Ostergaard each tallied 11 points, while Sadie Crosby added 10; Emma Harrington, six; and Sophie Sreden, two.
The Panthers were 5-of-8 (62 percent) from the foul line, while Morse made 3-of-22 attempts (14 percent).
"We just didn’t respond at halftime," said Medomak Valley coach Randy Hooper in reference to the team's third-quarter struggles. "We weren't getting to the basket at all, everyone was flat-footed, standing around waiting for someone else to do something and nobody did."
Hooper said despite the team's 0-3 start, the Panthers have been competitive and in each of their games, losing all three contests by a combined 21 points.
"We go away [mentally] at times and when we go away teams make big runs on us," he said. "We've got a bunch of kids on the floor that have never decided the outcome of varsity games. We've just got to get better."
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