High school basketball

Panthers, Eagles split court doubleheader

Medomak Valley boys win easily, girls fall on buzzer-beating trey
By Staff | Dec 24, 2012

Waldoboro — One of Lincoln County's most fierce high school basketball rivalries was renewed Friday night, Dec. 22 with a doubleheader as host Medomak Valley and visiting Lincoln Academy of Newcastle were in search of victories before the holiday break.

In the end, the two squads garnered a split, with the Panther boys earning a 20-point win and the Panther girls dropping a heartbreaking, one-point loss on a shot at the buzzer to remain winless.

Boys game

Medomak Valley 70, Lincoln Academy 50

At Waldoboro Dec. 22, the Panthers wore down the Eagles (1-4) over the course of the game and came away with a 20-point victory. Lincoln Academy led 12-11 after the first quarter, but the Panthers took a 35-29 lead at halftime and extended their advantage to 54-38 after three quarters.

Ryan Ripley led the Panther scoring with 19 points, while John Murray added 16; Jonathan Hendrickson-Bellouget and Brandon Soper, both 12; Nicholas DePatsy, nine; and Zach Little, two.

For Lincoln Academy, A.J. Oliver scored 12 points, while Caleb Farrin added nine and Tom Masters eight.

The Panthers netted 21 free throws and the Eagles seven.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (4-1, 9.7222 points) is third, while Oceanside (4-1, 11.8827 points) is first in the 10-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls game

Lincoln Academy 44, Medomak Valley 43

At Waldoboro Dec. 22, the Panthers were downed in heartbreaking fashion as Lincoln Academy's Olivia York netted the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Eagles (1-4) to victory.

Medomak Valley led 10-8, 26-16 and 32-27 at the quarter breaks, while Lincoln Academy went on a 17-11 run over the final eight minutes to finish the game.

Sami Griffin netted 20 points — including five 3-pointers — to lead Medomak Valley, while Taylor Simmons added 10; Elise Wallace, five; Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, three; Justice Barrows, two; and Desiree Benner, one.

Jen Genthner tallied 17 points for Lincoln Academy, while York, who canned the game-winning shot, added five.

Medomak Valley converted seven free throws and Lincoln Academy nine.

The Panthers led by four points with less than a minute remaining.

"We haven't been in a position to hold onto a game like that yet and we made some mistakes down the stretch," said Panther coach Randy Hooper. "And the girl from Lincoln Academy stuck a three to win it."

Lincoln Academy inbounded the ball twice under its basket with seconds left and York was left open after a teammate penetrated to the basket. That driving player found York for the open look on a 3-pointer to win the game.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (0-5, no points) is 19th (last), while Presque Isle (5-0, 11.8827 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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