High school girls basketball

Panthers invade Bulldog pound for preseason court clashes

Medomak Valley shoots into action against Skowhegan, Waterville
By Staff | Nov 25, 2018
Photo by: Ken Waltz Medomak Valley's Abby Lash makes a pass against Skowhegan on Nov. 24 in a preseason high school girls basketball game in the Bulldog Classic at Lawrence high/junior schools.

Fairfield — The Medomak Valley girls basketball team — literally and figuratively — rolled into the winter campaign with a bounce in its step as the Panthers participated in the Bulldog Classic, a preseason event hosted by Lawrence High School.

The Saturday, Nov. 24 event included varsity and junior varsity components, with the varsity games played at the high school and junior varsity at the junior high.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

There were eight varsity games and five jayvee contests.

Teams from Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield, Lawrence, Mount View of Thorndike, Messalonskee of Oakland, Waterville, Bangor and Skowhegan participated.

The Panthers played two games, as they faced the Indians of Skowhegan and Purple Panthers of Waterville.

Medomak Valley includes seniors Lydia Simmons, Maddy White, Aubrey Schaeffer and Mackenzie Bickmore; juniors Sadie Cohen, Kayla Donlin and Chloe Blake; sophomores Abby Lash and Emma Kunesh; and freshmen Zaniah Puchaski, Autumn Ripley and Alyssa Creamer. The team is coached by Ryan McNelly.

The coach said the two games at the Lawrence tourney were good preseason tests. "Played two quick and physical teams. Really showed us some things we do well and some things we need to work on."

Medomak Valley lost to Waterville 56-41 and Skowhegan 69-28.

Against Waterville, Medomak Valley trailed 15-5, 28-26 and 41-37 at the quarter breaks.

For the Panthers, Simmons netted 13 points; Donlin, 10; Lash, nine; Cohen, five; White, two; and Ripley and Puchalski, one. Medomak Valley drilled three 3-pointers, one from Simmons, Donlin and Lash, and made 12-of-26 free throws (46 percent).

For the Purple Panthers, S. Garling tallied 15 points; L. Given, 11; P. St. Pierre and A. Saucier, nine; K. Thompson, seven; K. Gilmore, three; and M. Martin, two. Waterville made six 3-pointers and 16-of-30 foul shots (53 percent). Saucier, Garling and Given had two treys.

Against Skowhegan, the Indians led 25-10, 39-16 and 57-20 at the stanza breaks.

For the Panthers, Ripley led the way with six points, followed by Donlin, five; Lash, White and Cohen, three; and Puchalski, Blake, Simmons and Kunesh, two. The team made four 3-pointers and 6-of-15 free throws (40 percent). Ripley netted two treys and Lash and White one.

For the Indians, Jaycie Christopher had 18 points; Annie Cooke, 11; Mariah Dunbary and Alyssa Everett, 10; Sydney Reed, eight; Logan Wing, five; Sydney Ames, four; and Emma Duffy, three. Skowhegan made six 3-pointers (Christopher and Dunbary 2) and 5-of-9 foul shots (56 percent).

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Medomak Valley versus Skowhegan girls basketball
Medomak Valley versus Skowhegan on Nov. 24 in high school girls basketball at Lawrence High School in Fairfield. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley coach Ryan McNelly, back, talks to his players during a timeout. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, and Skowhegan's Sydney Ames. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, left, and Skowhegan's Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left, and Maddy White, along with Skowhegan's Annie Cooke. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White, left, and Skowhegan's Sydney Ames. (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 Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, left, and Skowhegan's Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, left, and Skowhegan's Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, left, and Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, left, and Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Mackenzie Bickmore, middle, and Maddy White, right, along with Skowhegan's Sam Bonneau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Mackenzie Bickmore, left, and Maddy White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Skowhegan's Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, right, and Sadie Cohen, along with Skowhegan's Mariah Dunbary. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley coach Ryan McNelly, middle, talks to his players. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, right, along with Skowhegan's Jaycie Christopher, back, and Sam Bonneau (42). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley. (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 Zaniah Puchalski, right, and Skowhegan's Sam Bonneau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Zaniah Puchalski, right, along with Skowhegan's Sydney Reed. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Zaniah Puchalski, middle, along with Skowhegan's Sydney Reed, left, and Sam Bonneau. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, left, and Skowhegan's Mariah Dunbary. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, left, and Skowhegan's Mariah Dunbary. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, middle, along with Skowhegan's Mariah Dunbary, right, and Jaycie Christopher. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, back facing, and Zaniah Puchalski, front, along with Skowhegan's Sam Bonneau (42) and Mariah Dunbary. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski, front, among others. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Zaniah Puchalski. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, middle, along with Skowhegan's Sydney Reed, left, and Jaycie Christopher. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, front. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, left, Sadie Cohen, middle, and Maddy White, back, along with Skowhegan's Alyssa Everett, middle, and Sydney Ames (25). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons, left, Sadie Cohen, middle, and Maddy White, back, along with Skowhegan's Alyssa Everett, middle, and Sydney Ames (25). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, back, and Skowhegan's Alyssa Everett. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Maddy White. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Lydia Simmons. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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