High school girls basketball

Impressive comeback goes for naught for Medomak Valley

After falling behind 19-1, Panthers claw back, but fall to Black Bears
By Ken Waltz | Dec 07, 2012
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer The ball eludes the grasp of Medomak Valley's Hannah Heald (24) and Maranacook's Ashley Belanger, left, and Jessica Smith during a Dec. 7 high school girls basketball game. The host Panthers lost their home- and season-opening 53-43 to the Black Bears of Readfield.

Waldoboro — It was not the kind of start the Medomak Valley girls basketball team wanted for the new season, but the Panthers proved one important thing Friday night, Dec. 7 in their home- and season-opening game against Maranacook of Readfield — namely, they will not quit, no matter what the score.

The host Panthers fell behind 19-1 early in Friday's game but used relentless fullcourt pressure defense to climb back into the game and had a chance to win, but the visiting Black Bears pulled away for a 54-43 victory.

Maranacook led 19-8 after the first quarter before the host Panthers exploded to outscore the Black Bears 21-8 in the second stanza for 29-27 halftime lead. Maranacook then outscored MVHS 27-14 over the final 16 minutes.

The Black Bears also used a bundle of 3-pointers to secure the win. Sarah Clough made five 3-pointers and had 19 points for the Black Bears.

Samantha Griffin and Hannah Marks scored 10 points apiece to pace the Panthers. Additionally, Desiree Benner netted seven points; Elise Wallace and Hannah Heald, both five; Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet, four; and Taylor Simmons, two.

Click for photos from the Maranacook at Medomak Valley varsity game.

Click for photos from the Maranacook at Medomak Valley jayvee game.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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