WALDOBORO — There was a poignant, sobering moment Wednesday night when a competitive, action-filled makeup game between the Medomak Valley and Maranacook of Readfield girls basketball teams ceased and the Panther gymnasium turned quiet and a bit somber.

Between the third and fourth quarters of the midseason high school court clash, the fun and games, as well as excitement and roar of the crowd, stopped and reality struck home for those in attendance, even the teenage student-athletes and their coaches.

Medomak Valleyh’s Sara Nelson, left, and Maranacook’s Katya Wurth. Photo by Ken Waltz

As the vibrant color of pink shone through from all corners of the gym (no one pinked out more impressively than Panther assistant coach Andrea Williamson), fans, officials, players and coaches stood and held pieces of paper with the names of loved ones lost or affected by cancer.

There was a moment of silence to honor, support and remember those people.

Medomak Valley players and coaches celebrate a well-executed, buzzer-beating basket to end the first half. Photo by Ken Waltz

Fun-filled, hard-fought basketball was the name of the game on Jan. 18, but the larger picture on this night was so much more than another typical high school athletic contest. It was about remembrance, honor, tribute and coming together for a common, if not often positive or joyous, cause.

The sixth annual “Paws for the Cause” games to benefit Maine Breast Cancer Charities are the concept of John and Gayle Murphy. Gayle is a breast cancer survivor and past president of the Medomak Valley All-Sports Boosters. The Murphys were on hand Wednesday and, along with hundreds of others, stood and held signs during the moment of silence.

The event was one of two “pink out” games scheduled at MVHS this season, as the other will be on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. when the Panther boys host the rival Oceanside Mariners of Rockland.

Medomak Valley’s Maya Cannon, right, and Maranacook’s Kaleigh Kubicki. Photo by Ken Waltz

Money raised on Jan. 18 at the girls game and on Jan. 21 at the boys game will go to the Maine Cancer Society for research, awareness and to aid those affected by cancer.

Oh, of course, there was a spirited hoop game as well Wednesday night as the host Panthers pulled away in the second half en route to a 56-35 victory.

In Wednesday’s game, originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, then moved to Tuesday, Jan. 17, and finally to Wednesday, Jan. 18, due to inclement weather and poor road conditions, the Panthers led 17-9 and 29-16 at the first two quarter breaks before the hosts, wearing their special pink uniforms, outscored the Black Bears of Readfield 16-6 in the third stanza to take control.

Medomak Valley’s Addison McCormick, back, and Maranacook’s Eliza Pattershall. Photo by Ken Waltz

The Panthers were paced by Addison McCormick (17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals), Audrey Jackson (5 points, 2 rebounds), Haley Puchalski (5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals), Kytana Williamson (8 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 6 steals), Madilyn Simmons (2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals)), Maya Cannon (11 points, 10 rebounds), Sadie Knight (2 points) and Sara Nelson (6 points, 3 assists, 3 steals).

McCormick made 8-of-13 field goals and the Panthers netted 5-of-16 free throws (31 percent).

For Maranacook, Alice Ferran (2 points 2 rebounds), Allie LaBelle (10 points, 5 rebounds, 8-of-12 floor shooting), Eliza Pattershall (13 points, 5 rebounds), Kaleigh Kubicki (point, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), Natalie Mohlar (9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Stella Pattershall (3 rebounds) and Xanthe Sawlivich (2 rebounds) led the charge.

The Black Bears made 17-of-29 free throws (59 percent).

The MVHS athletic department, in conjunction with the Medomak Valley All-Sports Boosters, host the “pink out” basketball events.

For the special games, the Panthers wear unique pink uniforms. Additionally, commemorative T-shirts are available for students and fans to purchase.

In addition to T-shirt sales, other fundraising take place prior to, and during, the games, as well as an opportunity to add a personalized pink paw to the wall for a $1 donation. The night’s 50/50 drawings and proceeds will go to the Maine Breast Cancer Charities in the Midcoast.

“We’re excited to build upon the overwhelming success of our five previous events,” said Bonnie Moody, current president of the Medomak Valley All-Sports Boosters. “We’ve raised $26,500 for Maine Breast Cancer Charities over the past five years and hope to continue to build upon that this year.”