To say the least, Wednesday night’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B high school girls basketball game in Thorndike was intense.

Coming in undefeated, Medomak Valley had the desire to keep that winning roll steaming ahead. However, for every force there is an opposing, and equal, force and it turned out young Mount View had as much desire to spoil the Panthers’ winning ways.

And that is just what the quickly improving Mustangs did. After a heated game that included multiple ties, ups and downs for both squads, and an overtime period, Mount View (4-3) defeated Medomak Valley (5-1) 51-48.

The win lifted the Mustangs to seventh in the most recent Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B. Medomak Valley now sits fifth.

“I had good leadership tonight,” said Mount View coach John Donato, as he praised Hayleigh Kein and Chrissy Larrabee, citing their work and skill in helping the hosts pull off the upset of the Panthers.

After being asked what his team did in particular to secure the Heal Point-worthy victory, the veteran coach said, “Nothing, [they] just played hard.”

Hayleigh Kein said the young Mustangs, who are essentially in a rebuilding season after graduating a bundle of players from last year’s 17-win squad, were energized after the win. “It’s really exciting. We all went into the locker room and just screamed,” she said.

The scores at the quarter breaks were varied. After the first two stanzas, visiting Medomak Valley held the edge, including a 13-10 advantage in the first and a 26-23 advantage in the second. However, Mount View came back to secure a 37-31 lead in the third before the teams were tied 44-44 at the end of regulation. That forced an overtime period that saw the host Mustangs outscore the Panthers 7-4.

Hayleigh Kein led the Mustangs with 15 points, followed by Larrabee with 13; Channing Murphy, 12; Anna Piotti, seven; and Delainey Kein and Cheyenne Dyer, two each. Larrabee also hauled down 15 rebounds, Piotti 10, Murphy nine and Hayleigh Kein eight.

Ericka Christensen keyed the Panthers with 14 points, followed by Danielle Dyer with 12; Lacy Massengale, nine; Alanna Vose, seven; Lindsay Ranquist, four; and Erika Knutson two. Ranquist secured nine rebounds, Massengale five and Christensen and Dyer both four. Vose and Ranquist both dished out four assists.

The ‘Stangs made 22-of-35 (63 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Panthers netted 16-of-23 foul shots (70 percent).

The teams were whistled for 47 fouls, including 26 on the Panthers.

Medomak Valley coach Randy Hooper said his team essentially lost at the beginning, not the end of the game. “We didn’t necessarily lose the game at the end but at the beginning when we got into foul trouble,” he said. “That was obviously the biggest key for this game was we were in foul trouble and we never played smart enough to play our way out of it.”

However, the veteran Panther coach was quick to praise the efforts of Mount View. “I give a lot of credit to Mount View. They played very well when they had to,” he said. “They made some big shots down the stretch and we just didn’t adjust to things we needed to adjust to.”

The game started with strong defensive play from the ‘Stangs. Even though they did not score as many points as Medomak Valley, the hosts were able to secure a bundle of rebounds and maintained their ground.

“Defensively we were working a lot of man-to-man and that played out for us today,” Donato said. Hayleigh Kein also said the Mustangs showed strength in rebounding.

In the first 16 minutes, Hayleigh Kein scored eight points, Piotti six and Larrabee five for the Mustangs. For the Panthers, Dyer netted eight points, including canning two 3-pointers, and Christensen pumped in nine, including making 5-of-6 free throws.

While the game was hot in the first half, it did not start to really boil until after halftime.

Mount View made its comeback in the third quarter by scoring 14 points to Medomak Valley’s five. The Panthers, not willing to easily give up its undefeated record, responded with 13 points in the fourth quarter to the Mustangs’ seven to forge the 44-44 tie at the final buzzer.

Medomak Valley and Mount View knotted the game several times in the fourth quarter. With 3:11 remaining, the game was tied 39-39. The Mustangs then led 40-39 before Medomak Valley grabbed a 41-40 cushion with 2:30 left. The Panthers appeared in control when they grabbed a 43-40 edge with 58 seconds left and held a 44-42 lead in the final seconds.

However, with two seconds remaining, Murphy scored to knot the game 44-44.

Hayleigh Kein said despite the Panthers’ impressive record coming into the game that the Mustangs treated the contest as just another game against another opponent. “Every team is just another team,” she said. “We try to go out and play just like it’s another team. We don’t think about how good they are.”

Despite the loss, coach Hooper was pleased with the effort from his squad. “I thought we battled at the end with the people that were on the floor,” he said. “I thought they played with their hearts.”

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Village NetMedia Sports Reporter Frederick “Fritz” Freudenberger can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at fritz@villagesoup.com.