The competitive juices flowed for the teams involved in the Friday, Dec. 8 season-opening high school basketball doubleheader between Gardiner and host Medomak Valley with the contests in doubt until the waning minutes — and one which required an additional four minutes of play.

The Panther girls got a late basket from Gabby DePatsy to force overtime and staved off the Tigers in the extra session to net a 66-61 victory, while the Panther boys ran out of gas down the stretch as the visitors emerged with a 51-44 win.

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The games were back-and-forth as both lead changes, but neither game had a team lead by double-digits.

For the Panther boys, who finished the 2016-17 regular season undefeated (18-0), it was their first regular-season loss since Dec. 30, 2015, when they fell 66-64 to Mount Ararat of Topsham. It also ended a 27-game home winning streak for the Panther boys, with their last home loss coming in a preliminary playoff game in the 2013-14 season against Ellsworth.

The following is a recap of Friday's contests:


The Medomak Valley girls led 13-12 after the first quarter, while the squads were tied 29-29 at halftime. The Panthers retook a one-point lead — this time 45-44 — after three quarters before the Tigers rallied to knot the score 54-54 at the end of regulation.

DePatsy poured in a whopping 30 points in a clutch performance for the Panthers, while Hallie Kunesh added 13; Sadie Cohen, nine; Aubrey Schaeffer, five; Lydia Simmons, four; Maddy White, three; and Cheyenne Nash, two.

Leslie Stevens and Mikayla Bourassa tossed in 13 points for the Tigers, while Aimee Adams and Bailey Poore added 11; Logan Granholm, four; and Katie Owen, Kassidy Collins and Jaycie Stevens, two.

Medomak Valley was 13-of-21 (62 percent) from the free-throw line — including 6-of-10 (60 percent) in overtime — while Gardiner converted 5-of-11 (45 percent).

The game was tied 50-50 before Cohen converted a hoop down low with 3:30 to go, but Poore knotted the score for the visitors with a coast-to-coast layup. Adams made the go-ahead hoop with 50 seconds to play for the Tigers.

After a missed Medomak Valley shot, Gardiner began to take time off the clock with about 30 seconds to go before the Tigers were forced to call a timeout.

The pesky Panther defense caused a five-second violation on the ensuing inbound pass, which gave the hosts a final chance to knot the score.

DePatsy converted the chance on a fadeaway from the elbow with three seconds to play to force overtime.

DePatsy and Kunesh hit treys and a pair of foul shots — for a total of 10 points — while Cohen also converted a pair of free throws in overtime for the Panthers.


Gardiner led the low-scoring affair 8-6, 20-19 and 38-33 at the quarter breaks.

Brent Stewart paced the Panthers with a 15-point effort, while Gabe Allaire added 14; Alec Coughlin, six; Ryan Creamer, five; and Josh Goldrup, one.

Connor McGuire led the Tigers with 15 points, while Ben Shaw tallied 12; Logan Carlton and Gavin McArthur, five; Luke Stevens and Cole Heaberlin, four; Isaiah Magee, three; Kyle Johnson, two; and Matt Boylon, one.

Medomak Valley was 8-of-14 (57 percent) from the foul line, while Gardiner was 11-of-15 (73 percent).

The squads were tied 28-28 midway through the third quarter before the Tigers got a three-point play from McArthur and a fastbreak layup by Steven to give the visitors a five-point cushion.

Allaire converted a putback and Creamer hit a trey, but Carlton closed the stanza with a trey of his own as the Tigers held a five-point lead as the teams headed into the fourth quarter.

Stewart connected on three treys in the final stanza — the only Panther field goals over that span.

Medomak Valley trailed 46-39, but a trey from Stewart and a pair of foul shots by Allaire brought the hosts within only 46-44 with 1:35 left.

But Gardiner got hoops from Heaberlin and Shaw — along with a foul shot by Magee — to close out the host Panthers.