The inaugural “Paws for the Cause” — Medomak Valley High School’s fundraiser for breast cancer awareness — was a rousing success on Thursday night, Jan. 11.

Not only for the many in attendance who donned commemorative pink t-shirts, nor for the fact the host Panther basketball teams secured wins over their county high school rivals from Lincoln Academy of Newcastle in a competitive court doubleheader.

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Additional video from the presentation to the Murphys, as well as their thoughts on the event, appear elsewhere on this website.

Most importantly, more than $5,000 was raised for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition thanks to those who packed the school gymnasium.

The event, made up from the original date of Tuesday, Jan. 2, was the brainchild of John and Gayle Murphy of Owls Head, who helped organize the night — in conjunction with the Medomak Valley Boosters — and made a significant financial donation to MVHS to purchase pink uniforms for the Panther players, who sported those unique jerseys and shorts in their wins over the Eagles.

Medomak Valley athletic director Matt Lash said in a brief speech at halftime of the girls contest the school hopes to make “Paws for the Cause” an annual event and presented the Murphys with a bouquet of pink flowers for their efforts. Gayle is a breast cancer survivor.

Lincoln Academy also wore pink socks to support Medomak Valley's cause, while the school also made a donation for the MBCC.

Breast cancer — or any cancer for that matter — presents a daunting task for those it affects. So, perhaps it was apropos the Panther squads had to respond to adversity as each put their respective games out of reach with sizable third-quarter surges.

By evening’s end, the Panther boys had secured a 41-29 win in the early game, while the Panther girls followed suit in the nightcap with a 54-43 victory.

It was not only the basketball teams that displayed resiliency, but the Medomak Valley cheering squad as well.

The Panther cheerleaders were set to perform their competition routine at halftime of the boys contest, but a music malfunction left them without their soundtrack. However, coach Heather Simmons counted out the beats for her student-athletes, who completed their routine without incident or musical accompaniment.

They performed their routine again at halftime of the girls game — with their music again pumping through the speakers — for another strong ovation from the crowd.

The Medomak Valley cheerleaders will eye the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship for the sixth time in eight years in the competition on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Augusta Civic Center.

The following is a recap of the basketball games:

Boys basketball

Medomak Valley 41, Lincoln Academy 29

At Waldoboro Jan. 11, the “Pink” Panthers pulled away from the winless Eagles with an 18-0 third-quarter run and netted their fifth win in nine tries. Lincoln Academy held a 9-7 edge after the first quarter, while the squads were tied 16-16 at halftime. The Panthers prowled to a 31-20 advantage after three quarters.

Chris Bowman led a balanced Medomak Valley scoring attack with a 10-point effort, while Josh Goldrup netted nine; Brent Stewart, Gabe Allaire and Nathan Emerson, six; and Ryan Creamer, four. Allaire and Goldrup secured seven rebounds in the win for the Panthers.

Joel Hatch led Lincoln Academy with 10 points, while Keyden Leeman added nine; Bryce York, 10; Nate Simmons, three; Sully Fink, two; and Andrew Mai, one.

The Panthers were 5-of-9 (56 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 3-of-6 (50 percent).

Goldrup converted a layup to beat the horn just prior to halftime to tie the game for Medomak Valley, and the Panthers fed off that momentum in the third quarter to pull away from Lincoln Academy.

Allaire started the second half with a baseline hoop, but Hatch and Leeman quickly gave the Eagles a 20-18 lead with a pair of baskets.

That was the final Lincoln Academy basket until well into the fourth quarter as the hosts went on a 18-0 run to put the visitors away.

Bowman knotted the score with a pair of foul shots, while Stewart, Goldrup and Emerson followed suit with 3-pointers — coupled with an offensive putback by Goldrup — to put Medomak Valley up 31-20 after three quarters.

The Panthers got a short field goal from Creamer and a trey from Bowman to make the score 36-20 before Hatch converted a hoop to end the run with 5:40 to go in regulation.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (5-4, 17.7778 points) is eighth, while Hampden Academy (9-1, 49.6914 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

Medomak Valley 54, Lincoln Academy 43

At Waldoboro Jan. 11, the "Pink" Panthers prowled past the Eagles for their eighth win of the campaign. Medomak Valley led 11-6, 20-17 and 37-24 at the quarter breaks.

Lydia Simmons keyed the Panthers with a 19-point performance, while Sadie Cohen added 15; Hallie Kunesh, nine; Maddy White, eight; and Gabby DePatsy and Cheyenne Nash, two.

Anna Hatch led the Eagles with 10 points, while Ellie Mathews added nine; Chelsea Williams, six; Kaitlyn Feltis, four; Alison York, Joy Hedrick, Khloe Poland and Kortney McKenna, three; and Lizzie Ober and Maddy York, one.

Medomak Valley finished 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the charity stripe, while Lincoln Academy was 7-of-12 (58 percent).

Much like the boys game, Nash hit a shot to beat the halftime buzzer, and the Panthers came out and put the game away in the third quarter.

White started the stanza with a 3-pointer, but Mathews responded with a pair of hoops for the Eagles, which put the visitors down 23-21.

But a 10-0 run helped the Panthers pull away, six of which came from Cohen.

The 5-foot 11-inch sophomore forward hit a lob shot off the glass, another open jumper in the paint and another basket off a nice spin move — the latter of which she was fouled on — as the hosts took a 29-21 lead.

Cohen missed her three-point play opportunity, but DePatsy’s offensive outback helped the Panthers’ advantage swell to 10 points.

Kunesh added another hoop off a layup moments later to give Medomak Valley a 33-21 lead, which prompted a Lincoln Academy timeout.

The Panthers led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Eagles cut their deficit to eight points late in the contest, but could not complete the comeback.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (8-1, 25.7407 points) is fourth, while Hampden Academy (9-1, 46.8519 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.