Panthers split with Tigers, look for strong second halfMVHS boys upend Gardiner, while Panther girls clawed by Tigers
Waldoboro — In the sports world, it is not how a team starts a season, but rather how it finishes a campaign that is the ultimate measure of success.
While both had different starts to the 2012-13 season, both schools of thought apply for the Medomak Valley boys and girls basketball teams, which faced Gardiner Friday night, Jan. 11.
The Panther boys and Tiger girls defended their home courts Friday, with the MVHS boys tripping up Gardiner 56-45 in Waldoboro, while the Panther girls dropped a 43-25 decision at Gardiner.
The Medomak Valley boys are among the top squads in Eastern Class B, while the Medomak Valley girls, having qualified for the postseason each of the past four seasons, look to make it five in a row as they eye a second-half playoff push.
The following is a recap of the two Friday MVHS contests:
Medomak Valley 56, Gardiner 45
At Waldoboro Jan. 11, the Panthers rattled off the final 11 points of the contest and clawed to their eighth win in 10 games. The game was knotted 11-11 after the first quarter, while Gardiner led 28-25 at halftime and 41-39 after three quarters. The hosts then went on a 17-4 run to end the contest.
John Murray led the Panthers with a 15-point, eight-rebound effort, while Ryan Ripley scored 13 points and pulled down 14 boards in the win. Also chipping in were Brandon Soper (9 points), Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet (7 points, 6 rebounds), Micah Williamson (4 points, 7 rebounds), Nicholas DePatsy (5 points, 2 rebounds) and Zach Little (3 points).
For Gardiner, Tyler Jamison dropped in 18 points, while Dennis Meehan tallied six; Seth McFarland, Jenson Orweiler and Trevor Austin, all five; Brad Weston, four; and Brad Bailey, two.
The Panthers shot 15-of-21 (60 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 6-of-10 (60 percent). Gardiner outrebounded Medomak Valley 46-41 and turned the ball over 10 times to 11 for the Panthers. The game featured five ties and 10 lead changes.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (8-2, 36.7284 points) is fourth, while Presque Isle (9-1, 45.0617 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Gardiner 43, Medomak Valley 25
At Gardiner Jan. 11, the Tigers slowly pulled away from the Panthers in the second half en route to an 18-point victory. Gardiner led 14-10, 22-14 and 34-20 at the quarter breaks.
Justice Barrows scored eight points for the Panthers, while Hannah Marks added five; Hannah Heald, four; Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, three; Desiree Benner and Elise Wallace, both two; and Taylor Mason, one.
For Gardiner, Kylee Granholm tossed in 17 points, while Rachel Quirion added eight; Ally Day, six; Abby Dunn, three; Camden Cone, Kelly Macomber, Kelsey Moody and Nicole Chadwick, all two; and Morgan Carver, one.
The Panthers were 8-of-15 (53 percent) from the foul line, while the Tigers were 7-of-12 (58 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (3-7, 5.9568 points) is 13th, while Presque Isle (11-0, 49.4753 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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