High school basketball

In playoff hunt, Medomak Valley gains split with Messalonskee

Balanced scoring, team play helps boys net two-point win, Simmons, Lash lead girls in loss
By Staff | Feb 01, 2019

The Medomak Valley boys basketball team played its way back into the Class A North playoff chase — while the Panther girls remained entrenched in theirs — as the Waldoboro-based high school court squads squared off with Messalonskee of Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The Panther boys held off the visiting Eagles to net an exciting 52-50 victory in Waldoboro, while the Panther girls were downed 48-38 by the Eagles on the road in Oakland.

After Thursday’s contests, the Panthers are ranked seventh in their regions — with two regular-season games left — as the top eight teams the the region qualify for the postseason.

The following is a recap of both contests:

Boys

Medomak Valley 52, Messalonskee 50

At Waldoboro Jan. 31, the Panthers got a late three-point play from Gabe Allaire as the hosts held on for a Heal Point-worthy win. The opponents were tied 11-11 after the first quarter, while Medomak Valley led 24-22 at halftime and 38-33 after three quarters.

Trevor Brown scored 13 points for the winners, while Allaire added 11; Chris Bowman and Pat McKenney, seven; Jake Bickmore, six; Nate Emerson, four; and Ryan Creamer and Brandon Starr, two. Emerson grabbed eight rebounds for the Panthers.

Tucker Charles scored 22 points for Messalonskee, while Matt Parent added 12; Noah Wood, 10; and Jacob Perry and Tyson Paz, three.

Medomak Valley led 49-47 with 20 seconds to play before Charles hit a trey to put the visitors up 50-49. The Panthers then ran the ball across the timeline, called timeout and ran a sideline play that culminated with an Allaire three-point play with less than 10 seconds to go.

The Panthers were 17-of-22 (77 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 5-of-10 (50 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (11-5, 38.0247 points) is seventh, while Hampden Academy (13-3, 95.9259 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls

Messalonskee 48, Medomak Valley 38

At Oakland Jan. 31, the Panthers dropped their third straight game, this time to the Eagles. Messalonskee led 12-11, 20-16 and 36-20 at the quarter breaks.

Lydia Simmons scored 12 points for Medomak Valley, while Abby Lash added 11; Kayla Donlin, six; Zaniah Puchalski, Aubrey Schaeffer, Maddy White and Mackenzie Bickmore, two; and Autumn Ripley, one.

Gabrielle Wener netted 23 points for Messalonskee, while Emily Parent added eight; Grace Wener, six; Katie Seekins, four; Brianna Benecke, Mackenzie Mayo and Alyssa Genness, two; and Sarah Lowell, one.

The Panthers were 2-of-7 (29 percent) from the foul line, while the Eagles were 15-of-17 (88 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (9-7, 46.4815 points) is seventh, while Skowhegan (138.2716 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

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

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