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High school basketball

Panther boys suffer first loss, girls fall in hard-fought 2OT affair

Brown, McKenney, Morrison, Lash, Donlin, Creamer reach double-figure points
By Mark Haskell | Jan 03, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, left, drives against Cony's Justin Pare on Jan. 2 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. The visiting Rams beat the Panthers 91-78.

Four teams in the playoff picture — including one with an unblemished record — hoped to improve their postseason projections in Class A North on Thursday, Jan. 2 as Medomak Valley and Cony of Augusta experienced classic hardwood encounters to tip off 2020.

And, by day’s end, the Rams gutted out hard-fought, exciting high school basketball victories over the Panthers.

On the boys side, the Rams went on a 21-8 run to end the game — and the Panthers' unbeaten season — with a 91-78 victory, while on the girls side, the Rams outscored the Panthers 9-1 in the final four minutes and netted a 62-54 double-overtime win.

Watch video and see more photos below from the boys game.

The following is a recap of both games:

Boys

Cony 91, Medomak Valley 78

At Waldoboro Jan. 2, the Rams dealt the Panthers their first loss of the regular season — and their first loss since losing to the Rams in last year’s Class A North quarterfinal round — with a 13-point victory. Cony led 32-18 after the first quarter and 49-38 at halftime, while the two teams were tied 64-64 at the end of three quarters.

Trevor Brown led Medomak Valley with a 23-point effort, while Patrick McKenney added 17; Parker Morrison, 10; Jacob Craig and Jake Bickmore, nine; Gabe Allaire, six; and Aiden Starr, two. Brown and Bickmore each had eight rebounds and Craig and Allaire seven, while Brown added five assists.

Simon McCormick poured in 35 points for Cony, while Luke Briggs added 17; Dakota Dearborn, 16; Kyle Douin, eight; Brayden Barbeau, six; Jamal Cariglia, four; Justin Pare, three; and Bennett Carter, one.

The Panthers were 7-of-12 (58 percent) from the foul line, while the Rams were 14-of-21 (67 percent).

The Rams stormed out of the gate early with their fast-paced offense and slowed any momentum the Panthers were able to generate with a stingy full-court trap defense.

Morrison scored on the opening possession of the third quarter for the hosts, but the Rams went on a 6-2 run thanks to two hoops from Briggs and another from Briggs to give Cony its biggest lead of the game at 55-40.

The Rams responded to nearly every one of the Panthers scoring runs, the most impressive of which was a 13-0 run that spanned from the final 95 seconds of the third quarter into the fourth, where Medomak Valley took its first lead of the game at 68-64.

Trailing 64-55 with 1:35 to go in the third, the Panthers got a hoop from Allaire off a spin move in the paint, a trey from McKenney and four straight points from Brown off a power layup and two free throws as the stanza ended to knot the score 64-64.

Brown then gave the hosts its first lead off an offensive putback to start the fourth, while Brown and Allaire had a quick give-and-go on the wing — with Allaire finding a streaking Brown with a one-handed mid-air pass — as the Panthers took a 68-64 lead.

Later in the stanza McCormick knotted the score at 70-70 with a three-pointer and hit a foul shots moments later to put Cony back on top for good. McCormick was 9-of-12 from the charity stripe in the game’s waning minutes to help the visitors pull away.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the most points the Panthers had given up in a game was 49, twice, against Morse of Bath and Lawrence of Fairfield. The Rams, who have averaged 69.5 points per game this season, had 49 points at halftime against the Panthers.

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (7-1, 18.8272 points) is fourth, while Hampden Academy (7-0, 32.0370 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Girls

Cony 62, Medomak Valley 54 (2OT)

At Augusta Jan. 2, the Rams outscored the Panthers 9-1 in overtime and emerged with the win. Cony led 12-11 after the first quarter, 34-21 at halftime and 40-35 after three quarters before Medomak Valley rallied to tie the game 48-48 at the end of regulation. It was 53-53 at the end of the first OT.

After the foes scored five points in the first overtime, the Rams outscored the Panthers 9-1 in the second OT to pull out the win.

Abby Lash netted 14 points for the Panthers, while Kayla Donlin and Alyssa Creamer added 11; Sadie Cohen, eight; Autumn Ripley, six; Zaniah Puchalski, three; and Addison McCormick, one.

Julia Reny scored 19 points for the Rams, while Regan Bechard added 12; Sierra Prebit and Linelys Velazquez, eight; Reiley Fleck, six; Kiara Henry, five; and Carly Lettre, four.

Medomak Valley was 21-of-30 (70 percent) from the foul line, while Cony was 8-of-14 (57 percent).

In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Class A North, Medomak Valley (4-4, 10.9877 points) is sixth, while Gardiner (7-1, 26.4198 points) is first in the 12-team region. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

Cony at Medomak Valley boys basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Cony on Jan. 2 in high school boys basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore, middle, along with two Cony players, including Dakota Dearborn, left. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jacob Craig, right, and Cony's Luke Briggs. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown, left, as well as, two Cony players. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jake Bickmore. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire, right, and Cony's Jamal Cariglia. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, and Carson Murphy, left, along with Cony's Luke Briggs (1) and Dakota Dearborn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Brandon Starr (21) and a trio of Cony players. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Trevor Brown. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gabe Allaire. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, along with Cony's Luke Briggs, left, and Brayden Barbeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, along with Cony's Luke Briggs, left, and Brayden Barbeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Patrick McKenney, middle, along with Cony's Luke Briggs, left, and Brayden Barbeau. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: LAURA COMER | Jan 03, 2020 21:35

The girl’s game was double OT - they fought hard to get back in it.



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