High school girls basketball

Panthers notch elusive win in weekend split

Medomak Valley eases past Waterville, falls to Nokomis in recent days
By Staff | Dec 30, 2012
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Hannah Heald attempts to prevent the ball from crossing the endline during a Dec. 29 high school girls basketball game in Waldoboro. The host Panthers fell 51-25 to Nokomis of Newport.

Waldoboro — It was an up-and-down weekend for the Medomak Valley girls basketball team as the Panthers played two games in two days — on the road Dec. 28 against Waterville and a home contest Dec. 29 against Nokomis of Newport.

After an 0-5 start to the campaign, the Panthers (1-6) finally soared into the win column with a convincing 48-16 victory over the Purple Panthers. However, Medomak Valley was tripped up the following day against the perennially strong Warriors, dropping a 51-25 decision in Waldoboro.

The following is a recap of the MVHS' most recent two games:

Nokomis 51, Medomak Valley 25

At Waldoboro Dec. 29, the Warriors outscored the Panthers 16-6 in the third quarter and pulled away from the hosts en route to a 26-point victory. Nokomis led 12-6, 27-15 and 43-21 at the quarter breaks.

Hannah Marks keyed the Panthers with an eight-point effort, while Sami Griffin added six; Elise Wallace, five; Desiree Benner, four; and Taylor Simmons, two.

For the Warriors, Lacy Kent-Webber scored 12 points, while Lindsay Whitney and Kelsie Richards each added 10; Taylor Shaw, six; Anna MacKenzie, five; and Taylor Lovely and Mikayla Charters, both four.

The Panthers were 2-of-3 (67 percent) from the foul line, while the Warriors were 4-of-12 (33 percent).

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Medomak Valley 48, Waterville 16

At Waterville Dec. 28, the Panthers broke into the win column in convincing fashion, tripling up the hosts in an impressive overall performance. Medomak Valley held a 5-4 edge after the first eight minutes, but went on a 15-0 second-quarter run to take a 20-4 lead at halftime. The visitors then took a 34-13 advantage after three quarters.

Marks led Medomak Valley with 13 points, while Griffin added nine; Simmons, six; Missy Philbrook, five; Hannah Heald and Benner, both four; Justice Barrows, three; and Wallace and Brooke Benedict, both two.

For Waterville, Colleen O'Donnell scored seven points, while Jenna Gagnon added five and Katie Thompson and Lindsey St. Claire, both two.

The Panthers were 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Purple Panthers were 1-of-6 (17 percent).

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (1-6, 1.0802 points) is 13th, while Presque Isle (8-0, 24.6296 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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