Panthers net ninth win in nailbiter over WindjammersMedomak Valley, Camden Hills keep battling for playoff spots in low-scoring affair
Waldoboro — Monday night's game between the Medomak Valley and Camden Hills girls basketball teams was a nailbiter loaded with postseason implications.
Both high school squads are in the middle of the Eastern Class B playoff hunt and it showed as the Panthers and Windjammers battled down to the wire in a back-and-forth, low-scoring affair.
In the end, a well-timed block by Medomak Valley's Sammie Griffin proved to be the difference as the Panthers held on for a 36-33 home victory.
The Windjammers were down three points with six seconds to play when Macy Buck attempted a 3-pointer to tie the game, but was blocked cleanly by Griffin as the senior helped the hosts win their ninth game in 12 tries.
"Both teams fought hard until the end,” said Camden Hills coach Marty Messer. “Medomak did a good job at setting the pace and slowing the game down which was to their advantage. We couldn't get any consistent offense flowing all night.”
Panther coach Randy Hooper said the game was a “great defensive effort by both rivals.”
“We stayed patient, as Camden [Hills] did a great job defensively against us,” he said. “And [we] eventually had a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter and were able to spread the floor, forcing Camden [Hills] to foul Hannah Marks with 9.6 seconds to go."
Marks netted both free throws to put the Panthers up by three points.
Camden Hills led 4-2 in the first quarter, while Medomak Valley took a 13-9 edge at halftime. The Windjammers then took a 24-23 lead after three quarters.
Maggie Cox and Justice Barrows each scored nine points to lead the Panthers, while Griffin added eight; Sophie Cohen and Marks, four; and Brooke Benedict, one.
Leading the Windjammers were Charlotte Messer (9 points, 2 assists, 2 steals), Rachel Pease (5 points, 9 rebounds), Jaclyn Gilson (6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Eliza Boetsch (4 points, 5 rebounds), Maddie Bowman (4 points), Macy Buck (3 points) and Bekah Hilt (2 points, 8 rebounds).
Both teams shot 50 percent from the foul line, with the Panthers netting 9-of-18 and the Windjammers 2-of-4. The visitors held a 32-21 edge in rebounds.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings in Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (9-3, 42.1296 points) is fourth and Camden Hills (5-7, 23.7654 points) 11th. Presque Isle (14-0, 80.0-926 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Mark has been covering local sports throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln county since 2007. Haskell, who is also the host of VStv's Sports Fix Roundtable, has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Maine and is also a 2000 graduate of Rockland District High School.
Mark loves the Boston Red Sox, fantasy sports, iced coffee and the AMC drama "Breaking Bad."
He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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