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High school girls basketball

To start, Erskine Academy pulls away from Medomak Valley in second half

Panthers fall to Eagles in opener as hosts receive balanced scoring
By Ken Waltz | Dec 08, 2019
Photo by: Ken Waltz Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer holds the ball against Erskine Academy on Dec. 6 in high school girls basketball in Waldoboro. The Panthers lost to the Eagles of South China 69-56 in a season-opening contest.

Waldoboro — Medomak Valley girls basketball players, coaches and fans must have recognized it was not their night when the following happened at the close of the third quarter of Friday night's season-opening high school court affair.

As visiting Erskine Academy of South China held a nine-point lead in what, to that point, had been a competitive game — it was tied 28-28 at halftime — the Eagles possessed the ball in their side of the court.

As Erskine Academy passed the ball around for a final shot of the stanza as the seconds ticked off the scoreboard the Panthers provided staunch defense and it appeared the hard work of the hosts would pay off until the unlikely happened.

The Eagles appeared to throw the ball away but an Erskine Academy player alertly made a beautiful save of the "rock" near the sideline and flung it to teammate Alyssa Savage who, at the buzzer, tossed up a tough, off-balanced, seemingly-unmakeable 3-pointer that found its mark.

That triple-dagger not only gave the visitors a moment of joy and momentum, but also a 48-36 advantage, at the third-quarter break. From that point, the Panthers never recovered, as the hosts fell 69-56.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Erskine Academy led 14-9 after one quarter, while game was knotted 28-28 at halftime.

The Panthers were led by Sadie Cohen with 11 points; Kayla Donlin, 10; Autumn Ripley, nine; Addison McCormick, eight; Alyssa Creamer, six; Julia Kunesh, four; Abby Lash and Emma Kunesh, two; and Baylee Stewart, one. Ripley scored her points in the second half.

Medomak Valley made 15-of-29 free throws (52 percent) and Kunesh and Cohen netted 3-pointers.

Additionally, Cohen (6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots), Ripley (2 steals, 6 steals), Lash (5 rebounds), Donlin (3 rebounds, 3 assists), Creamer (2 assists) and Julia Kunesh (2 steals) paced the hosts.

For the Eagles, MacKenzie Roderick tallied 16 points; Emily Clark, 12; Grace Hutchins, 11; Joanna Linscott, seven; Savage, six; Madison Lully, five; Samantha Reynolds, three; Sarah Praul and Jordan Linscott, two; and Julia Barber, one.

Erskine Academy netted 19-of-31 free throws (61 percent), as Roderick made 7-of-8. Hutchins (2), Reynolds, Linscott, Roderick and Savage netted treys. Ten of the 12 Eagles scored.

Erskine Academy at Medomak Valley girls basketball
Medomak Valley hosts Erskine Academy on Dec. 6 in high school girls basketball in Waldoboro. (Video by: Ken Waltz and Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Erskine Academy's MacKenzie Roderick. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Erskine Academy's MacKenzie Roderick. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer, left, and Erskine Academy's Jordan Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. In the background is Panther Sadie Cohen. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Sadie Cohen, back, and Erskine Academy's Alyssa Savage. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer, left, and Abby Lash, back, along with Erskine Academy's Jordan Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, middle, along with Erskine Academy's Grace Hutchins, left, and MacKenzie Roderick. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, middle, along with Erskine Academy's Grace Hutchins, left, and MacKenzie Roderick. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, and Erskine Academy's Joanna Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, and Erskine Academy's Joanna Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, right, and Erskine Academy's Joanna Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, right, and Erskine Academy's Emily Clark. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley, left, and Erskine Academy's Grace Hutchins. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
A slew of players, including Medomak Valley's Baylee Stewart (12), Kayla Donlin (15), Sadie Cohen (20) and Autumn Ripley, right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Autumn Ripley. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, middle, along with Erskine Academy's MacKenzie Roderick, left, and Alyssa Savage. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash, left, among many Erskine Academy players, including Emily Clark (42). (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Kayla Donlin, left, and Erskine Academy's Joanna Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Alyssa Creamer. (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 Emma Kunesh. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Emma Kunesh. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh, (3) and Erskine Academy's Joanna Linscott, left. Panther Sadie Cohen is at right. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh, (3) and Erskine Academy's Joanna Linscott. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Julia Kunesh. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Medomak Valley's Abby Lash. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
As the game plays on, Rhys McNelly, 3, of Damaricotta plays with his truck in the stands. He is the son of Lucas McNelly and Amanda Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
As the game plays on, Rhys McNelly, 3, of Damaricotta plays with his truck in the stands. He is the son of Lucas McNelly and Amanda Nelson.
As the game plays on, Rhys McNelly, 3, of Damaricotta plays with his truck in the stands. He is the son of Lucas McNelly and Amanda Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
As the game plays on, Rhys McNelly, 3, of Damaricotta plays with his truck in the stands. He is the son of Lucas McNelly and Amanda Nelson. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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