Panther junior varsity shoots to five-win campaign
Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley High School girls junior varsity basketball team wrapped up another season on the hardwood in recent weeks, as the Panthers hope the experience they learned on the court this year will translate next season at the varsity level.
Led by veteran coach Larry Jensen, the Panthers netted a 5-10 record on the season as the team showed waves of brilliance throughout the campaigns.
Team members included senior Testa Luce; sophomores Brooke Creamer, Krista Hooper, Ariel Haskins, Jill van der Schaaf, Brianna Luce, Kayleigh Curtis, Miranda Belcher, Emylee Leary and Paige Mason; and freshmen Nicole Obuchon, Victoria Wheaton and Chelsea Ripley.
Luce, Haskins and Creamer led in scoring for the Panthers, while Hooper, Haskins and Luce paced the team in rebounds; Creamer, Mason and Hooper in assists; and Mason, Hooper and Curtis in steals.
“[We] played hard at times and looked like a million bucks,” said Jensen. “Other times it didn’t seem as though we knew how to play the game of basketball. Our season was a lot of ebbs and flows — sickness, injuries, grades, snow days, continuity of putting days of practice together, many factors came into play. If the girls work at their game they can step up to the next level and have a opportunity to play in the new Cross [Insurance] Center [in Bangor], only time will tell."
Jensen said Luce “really stepped up to the front this year" with her "leadership, rebounding, scoring, commitment and desire to improve.” He added that Luce, along with Hooper, Creamer, Haskins and Mason, are among players to watch for on the varsity next season.