High school basketball

In feline fights against Tigers, Panthers prove kings of hardwood jungle

Medomak Valley hosts second annual 'Paws for the Cause' on Jan. 2 to raise money to fight cancer
By Ken Waltz | Dec 31, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, left, tries to keep the ball from Gardiner's Anna Toman on Dec. 28 in high school girls basketball in Waldoboro. The hosts Panthers beat the Tigers 51-31.

Waldoboro — Although not the plan or ideal strategy, the Medomak Valley basketball teams proved sluggish starts do not necessarily mean losses are the ultimate future outcomes. Of course, fast middles and ends certainly help play pivotal roles in those fun, exciting, come-from-behind victories.

The Panthers started somewhat slow and trailed early in back-to-back games with Gardiner on Friday night, Dec. 28, but the hosts turned things around fairly quickly and rolled to impressive early-season court victories.

The Medomak Valley boys posted a 62-41 win over the Tigers and the girls a 51-31 victory.

Watch videos and see more photos below.

The Panthers again will be in doubleheader mode on Wednesday, Jan. 2 when they host county rival Lincoln Academy of Newcastle in the second annual "Paws for the Cause" games to benefit Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Last year's event raised $6,500.

The girls game begins at 5:30 p.m. and boys at 7 p.m.

The event will attempt to “pink out” the  gymnasium and special, unique pink uniforms will be worn by Panther players.

The event is hosted by the school's athletic department, in conjunction with the Medomak Valley All Sports Boosters.

Additionally, commemorative t-shirts will be available to purchase leading to the game and at the event.

In addition to t-shirt sales, other fundraisers will 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 drawing and other proceeds will go to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization, dedicated to making a difference in Maine people through advocacy, education and financial support.

“We’d also like to thank our guests from Lincoln Academy, not only for participating in the night, but also once again this year, for supporting our endeavor as well,” said athletic director Matt Lash.

“We’re excited to build upon the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural event,” said Gayle Murphy, boosters president. “We raised $6,500 for Maine Breast Cancer coalition in front of a near sellout crowd and hope to improve upon that this year."

A summary of the Panthers Dec. 28 games with Gardiner includes:

Boys basketball

At Waldoboro on Dec. 28, the visiting Tigers clawed to a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but the hosts turned on the offensive power in the second eight minutes, to the tune of a 21-10 burst, and led 32-23 at halftime. The Panthers also led 45-34 after three stanzas.

For the Panthers, Pat McKenney netted 15 points; Trevor Brown, 13; Alec Coughlin, seven; Brandon Starr, six; Gabe Allaire and Jake Bickmore, four; Ryan Creamer, Kevin White and Chris Bowman, three; and Ethan Reed and Carson Murphy, two.

Medomak Valley netted 8-of-12 free throws (67 percent) and six 3-pointers, including three from McKenney and one from Creamer, White Bowman.

For Gardiner, Logan Carleton tallied 12 points; Casey Gallagher, 11; Hunter Land, five; Luke Stevens and Jackson Tweedy, four; Ryan Johnson, three; and Ryan Moore, two. The Tigers made 3-of-4 foul shots (75 percent) and four treys, including two from Carleton and one from Gallagher and Land.

In the pivotal second quarter, McKenney scored seven points and Brown five to ignite the Panthers.

In other statistical categories, Starr (3 steals), Brown (5 rebounds), Coughlin (5 rebounds), Allaire (3 assists, 3 rebounds), McKenney (3 assists), Creamer (4 rebounds) and Nathan Emerson (3 rebounds) keyed the victory.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (5-1, 4.8148 points) is fifth, while Mount Blue of Farmington (5-1, 17.7778 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls basketball

At Waldoboro on Dec. 28, Gardiner grabbed the early momentum and accurately shot to an early advantage. However, the scrappy Panthers stayed the course and used aggressive — at times suffocating defense on all areas of the court — to eventually nail down a 51-31 win.

The Panthers led 13-12 after one quarter, 22-20 at halftime and 35-27 at the end of three quarters.

Medomak Valley received standout efforts from a bundle of players, none more than Abby Lash, Sadie Cohen and Aubrey Schaeffer, who were seemingly all over the court with aggressive play. The Panthers also used patient, team-wide passing to account for a bundle of easy slashing hoops.

The Panthers were led by Cohen (12 points, 14 rebounds, 7 steals. 3 assists), Schaeffer (10 points, 5 rebounds), Lash (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Kayla Donlin (6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals), Lydia Simmons 6 points), Autumn Ripley (4 points), Maddy White (2 points, 5 rebounds), Mackenzie Bickmore (2 points, 3 rebounds) and Alyssa Creamer (2 points).

The Panthers netted 8-of-11 free throws (73 percent), while the lone 3-pointer came from Lash.

For Gardiner, Margaret Bell scored 10 points; Jaycie Stevens, seven; Bailey Poore, six; Aimee Adams, four; Anna Toman, three; and Jillan Bisson, one. The Tigers made 3-of-10 foul shots (30 percent) and got treys from Stevens and Bell.

In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (5-1, 9.7531 points) is third, while Skowhegan (6-0, 21.9753 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Holiday tourney results

Medomak Valley — in attempts to mine exhibition victories — came up empty at the Gold Rush Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 26-27 at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Panther boys came up short in a 51-46 defeat to Winthrop, while the Panthers girls lost 58-33 to Class A Skowhegan.

The following is a summary of the games:

Boys basketball

Winthrop 51, Medomak Valley 46

At the Augusta Civic Center Dec. 26, the Ramblers stayed a step ahead of the Panthers throughout the contest and emerged with a four-point win. Winthrop led 10-9, 23-22 and 34-30 at the quarter breaks.

Ethan Reed led Medomak Valley with 12 points, while Alec Coughlin added eight; Gabe Allaire, seven; Chris Bowman, six; Pat McKenney, five; Jake Bickmore, four; and Parker Morrison and Nathan Emerson, two.

Cam Wood led Winthrop with 15 points, while Beau Brooks and Nate LeBlanc added eight; Cam Hachey and Jared McLaughlin, five; Gavin Perkins and Tevin Smith, four; and Sam Figuora, two.

The Panthers were 9-of-10 (90 percent) from the foul line, while the Ramblers were 13-of-19 (68 percent).

Girls basketball

Skowhegan 58, Medomak Valley 33

At the Augusta Civic Center Dec. 27, the Indians went on an 18-5 run to close the game — and the Panthers — with a 25-point win. Skowhegan led 16-10, 28-18 and 40-28 at the quarter breaks.

Kayla Donlin led Medomak Valley with eight points, while Sadie Cohen and Aubrey Schaeffer added six; Lydia Simmons, five; Maddy White, three; Abby Lash and Alyssa Creamer, two; and Autumn Ripley, one.

Annie Cooke keyed Skowhegan with 22 points, while Jaycie Christopher added 12; Alyssa Everett, 13 and Sydney Ames, 11.

The Panthers were 4-of-6 (67 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Indians were 11-of-20 (55 percent).

Gardiner at Medomak Valley boys basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Gardiner on Dec. 28 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanose Spicer)
Gardiner at Medomak Valley girls basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Gardiner on Dec. 28 in high school girls basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Holly Vanose Spicer)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer, left, and Gardiner's Luke Stevens. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer, front, and Gardiner's Luke Stevens. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Ryan Creamer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, front, and Gardiner's Isaac Gammon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, front, and Gardiner's Isaac Gammon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alec Coughlin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alec Coughlin, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Nathan Emerson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Nathan Emerson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, and Gardiner's Isaac Gammon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr, left, and Gardiner's George Ricker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr, left, and Gardiner's George Ricker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chris Bowman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Nathan Emerson, left, and Gardiner's George Ricker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Carson Murphy. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, facing. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Chris Bowman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, and Gardiner's George Ricker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, front, and Gradiner's George Ricker. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, left, and Ryan Creamer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, front, and Gardiner's Casey Gallagher. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, front, and Gardiner's Casey Gallagher, back. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, right, and Gardiner's Ryan Johnson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, right, and Gardiner's Maggie Bell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, right, and Gardiner's Bailey Poore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White, left, and Gardiner's Jaycie Stevens. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, left, and Gardiner's Anna Toman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, left, and Gardiner's Maggie Bell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, right, and Gardiner's Anna Toman. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, left, and Aubrey Schaeffer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, left, and Gardiner's Bailey Poore. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Aubrey Schaeffer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, front, and Gardiner's Katherine Drossel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White, right, and Gardiner's Logan Carleton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, right, and Gardiner's Maggie Bell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer, front, and Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer, front, and Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, middle, as well as Gardiner's Anna Toman, left, and Maggie Bell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White, middle, along with Gardiner's Jaycie Stevens, left, and Aimee Adams. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Gardiner's Katherine Drossel. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, back, and Gardiner's Logan Carleton. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
From left, Medomak Valley's Mackenzie Bickmore, Autumn Ripley, Zaniah Puchalski, Alyssa Creamer and Chloe Blake. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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