After winning seven of its first eight games, the Medomak Valley girls basketball team was looking to prevent a possible three-game losing skid Wednesday night at home against Belfast.

The Panthers prevented that scenario all right. In a big way.

Medomak Valley (8-3) rattled off 20 straight points to start the game in a contest that was never in doubt as the Panthers got back on the winning track with an 80-25 victory over the visiting Lions (1-10). The game was a makeup from Dec. 22.

On Wednesday, the Panthers led 22-7, 33-16 and 55-22 at the quarter breaks.

Alanna Vose dropped in 22 points to lead the offensive onslaught for Medomak Valley, while Ericka Christensen added 20; Ashley Rackliff, eight; Danielle Dyer, Lindsay Ranquist and Mallory Conary, all seven; Lacy Massengale, four; Nicole Peterson, three; and Kelsi Severson, two.

Lexi Nelligan and Caroline Carr led Belfast with six points apiece, while Katrina Lapham added four; Megan Mansfield and Makayla Cummings, both three; Megan Curtis, two; and Whitney Cross, one.

Nelligan and Lapham, the team’s only two freshmen, started Wednesday’s contest for the young Lions.

The Panthers were 8-of-14 (57 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Lions were 6-of-11 (54 percent) from the charity stripe.

Medomak Valley’s defensive pressure hounded Belfast all night, forcing many turnovers, which the Panthers quickly turned into fastbreak points.

The first time the ball touched the floor was not until Medomak Valley was ahead 2-0, as the Panthers won the opening tipoff and, three crisp passes later, Ranquist scored the first hoop of the game. Vose and Dyer added fastbreak hoops moments later to put the hosts up 6-0 with 7:23 left in the first quarter. That rush prompted a Belfast timeout.

Ranquist and Vose then connected on back-to-back 3-pointers and, after Vose made a steal at midcourt for another fastbreak hoop, the Panthers led 14-0 with 5:40 remaining. Christensen then connected on a pair of close-range hoops and Severson added another before Manfield finally got Belfast on the board with a 3-pointer to cut the visitor’s deficit to 20-3.

Carr and Cummings then converted back-to-back field goals for Belfast, before Medomak Valley’s Rackliff knocked down a jumper to beat the first-quarter buzzer.

The depth of Medomak Valley’s bench wore out Belfast for much of the contest, with Panther coach Randy Hooper making frequent substitutions and trying many different combinations of players on the court.

The second half saw the Panthers working more on halfcourt offensive sets, feeding the 6-foot-2-inch Christensen on the low block where she connected on four field goals. Ten of Christensen’s 20 points came in the third quarter.

The start of the fourth quarter mirrored the start of the game for the Panthers, with four fastbreak hoops — two from Vose and one apiece from Ranquist and Massengale — within the first minute.

Panthers fall to Warriors

Medomak Valley was not as fortunate Tuesday night as they hosted Heal Point-worthy Nokomis of Newport, with the Warriors outlasting the hosts 49-39.

At the end of the first quarter Medomak Valley led 12-11, while Nokomis nabbed a 25-20 halftime edge and a 35-28 lead after three quarters.

Christensen keyed the Panthers with 16 points followed by Dyer with 11; Vanessa Davis, 5; Nicole Weaver and Vose, three; and Massengale, one.

Marissa Shaw led Nokomis with 16 points, followed by Kara Batchelder with 13; Mary Badeen, eight; Julie Smith, five; Emilee Reynolds, Rachel Tozier and Laura Lyford, all two; and Megan Perry, one.

The Panthers made 5-of-13 (38 percent) foul shots and Nokomis netted 11-of-18 (61 percent).

Medomak Valley (8-3, 34.0432 Heal Points) currently is sixth in the latest installment of Heal Points for Eastern Class B, while Belfast (1-10, 0.5556 of a point) is 18th among 19 teams. Presque Isle (11-0, 54.9383 points) is the region’s top team, while Nokomis (10-2, 47.0062 points) is second.

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Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.