WALDOBORO — Basketball games are won, of course, when a team outscores an opponent but, as the Medomak Valley girls learned on Tuesday night, Dec. 7 in a high school preseason court affair against Messalonskee of Oakland, relentless defense can be the impetus to points and, in turn, ultimately, the victory.

Medomak Valley’s Kytana Williamson, right, and Messalonskee’s Morgan Willis. Photo by Ken Waltz

As the Panthers gear up for the 2021-22 campaign, they have played a series of exhibition games, including Tuesday at home against the Eagles. The latest game resulted in a 55-44 victory.

Medomak Valley trailed 14-12 and 25-23 at the first two quarter breaks, before the hosts outscored the visitors 34-19 over the final 16 minutes.

Medomak Valley’s Maya Cannon, left, and Messalonskee’s Madi Simmons. Photo by Ken Waltz

For the Panthers, Alyssa Creamer tallied 13 points; Kytana Williamson and Autumn Ripley, 10; Katherine McKenney, Addison McCormick and Maya Cannon, six; and Baylee Stewart, four.

MVHS netted its five free throws, including four from McKenney, and got three-pointers from Creamer and Williamson.

For the Eagles, Candace Pelotte scored 10 points; Ashley Mullen, eight; Elise McDonald, five; Chloe Michaud and Kiera Goldsmith, four; Sofia Derosby, two; and Olivia Thomas, one.

Messalonskee made 7-of-13 foul shots (54 percent) and Mullen drilled a trey.

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