High school basketball

Panther girls junior varsity bides time, plays best down stretch

By Staff | Mar 13, 2020

Waldoboro — Athletic teams always want to play their best basketball at the end of the season, which the Medomak Valley High School girls junior varsity did during the 2019-20 season.

Led by coach Jennifer Hatch, the Panthers ended the campaign on an upward trajectory, which helped them earn a 4-13 record.

After starting the season 1-10, Medomak Valley went 3-3 in its final six games, which spoke volumes of the team’s resolve and never-say-die attitude.

“The purpose of coaching is to help unlock the potential of these young ladies, while also giving them confidence and skills that are needed to be more successful in life” said Hatch. “These girls have grown so much in this season that it is not possible to summarize by looking at our season’s record. Growth came in many different forms, but this group of girls figured out what it takes to be successful by finding their competitive sides in a way that helped push each other, while keeping their heads held high.”

Team members included Maria Reyes-Munoz, Morgan Flanders, Julia Kunesh, Baylee Stewart, Addison McCormick, Quinn Overlock, Emily Prock, Gabby Sawyer, Cindy Shelmerdine, Madi Simmons, Chelsea Sykes and Ana Underhill.

The team’s four wins were down-to-the-wire affairs against Morse of Bath, Cony of Augusta, Nokomis of Newport and Oceanside of Rockland.

Hatch said the team’s hard work also played off in its second games of the season against Lawrence of Fairfield and Camden Hills of Rockport.

In their second go-round with the Bulldogs, the Panthers cut their number of points lost from their first game in half, while they turned what was a 22-point loss against the Windjammers in their first game to a four-point defeat in their second.

“This was a season that was way more than what our final record shows,” said Hatch. “I look forward to seeing them work at their game in the off-season and come back out to play next year.”

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