Patience, Griffin treys lift Medomak Valley over Mount ViewVisiting Panthers storm back from 10-point halftime deficit
Thorndike — For the Medomak Valley girls basketball team, patience — and accurate long-range shooting — proved a virtue in a Friday afternoon, Dec. 27 regular-season game with host Mount View.
That is because the Panthers wiped out a 10-point halftime deficit to secure an 11-point victory, and the visitors accomplished that feat thanks, largely, to patience against the Mustang zone defense, solid shot selection and nifty passing.
Of course, it did not hurt that a Panther — namely, Samantha Griffin — connected on five 3-pointers to loosen things up on the interior.
The Mustangs built a solid halftime lead and it appeared the hosts would slowly, but surely, pull away from the Panthers. However, Medomak Valley remained patient against Mount View's quarter-court zone defense and used strong passing and periods of effective fullcourt defense of its own en route to a 47-36 victory.
It was the first game action the teams had seen in some time, due to snow and ice storms, power outages and frozen pipes at schools in Waldo and Lincoln counties. In fact, the Panthers were scheduled to host holiday exhibition games on Dec. 23, but those contests had to be canceled.
Additionally, the teams had not been able to consistently practice in recent weeks, due to the holidays, storms, poor road conditions and problems with school power or water systems.
In fact, Mount View High School was without power again briefly just a short time before Friday's scheduled games, but athletic director Chuck Karter said the school was prepared to use backup scoreboards and said the lights in the gymnasium would have functioned long enough to play the games.
The last game Medomak Valley played was eight days ago on Dec. 19 in a 37-30 win over Morse of Bath — which, interestingly, was a makeup game. Mount View played its most recent game 13 days ago, or Dec. 14, a 63-30 loss to Camden Hills.
In the meantime, the Mustangs and Panthers have had other regular-season games postponed.
On Friday afternoon, Medomak Valley led 14-13 after the first eight minutes before the Mustangs took control with a 28-18 halftime cushion, thanks to a 15-4 surge in the second stanza behind the sharpshooting of Brooke Tripp.
However, the momentum changed in the second half, specifically in the third quarter when the Panthers used a 14-4 burst of their own to tie the game 32-32 after three stanzas.
Medomak Valley continued to show patience and used backdoor and baseline cuts to beat the Mustang defense. Distant hoops from Griffin also were added to the mix. Additionally, the hosts went cold from the floor, with the Panther defense also proving sturdy.
In fact, Medomak Valley held Mount View to two field goals and four free throws over the final 16 minutes. In that time, Panther Hannah Marks drilled all six of her foul shots and Griffin continued to light up the scoreboard with accurate shooting from behind the 3-point arc.
In the end, Griffin keyed the visitors with 16 points, including drilling five treys. Marks added 10 points; Justice Barrows and Maggie Cox, both eight; Brooke Benedict and Brooke Creamer, both two; and Ariel Haskins, one. The Panthers netted 12-of-17 foul shots (71 percent).
For the Mustangs, Tripp netted 15 points, including 11 in the second quarter to key the hosts to the early advantage, while Ashlee Spaulding added eight; Courtney Morse, seven; Jenni Nadeau, four; and Dinah Bilodeau, two. Mount View made 8-of-14 free throws (57 percent).
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (3-2, 2.7160 points) is 13th and Mount View (1-4, 1.0802 points) 16th. Nokomis of Newport (5-0, 12.9630 points) is first in the 19-team region. The top 13 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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