The Medomak Valley girls basketball team has gotten off to a hot start and the Panthers are out to prove they are not only the team to beat in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B division, but perhaps all of Eastern Class B as well.

The undefeated Panthers took the court again Tuesday at home against visiting Mount View of Thorndike in hopes of reaffirming that fact, and as they have many times this year, did so in convincing fashion.

Medomak Valley jumped to a substantial first-half lead and held Mount View at bay in the second half as the Panthers earned a 57-30 victory over the Mustangs.

Medomak Valley has averaged 56 points this year and, with the exception of last week’s eight-point victory over Belfast, each of the Panthers’ wins have come by double-digit points and they have defeated opponents by an average of 21.8 points.

Medomak Valley (7-0, 18.9198 points) remains first, a perch it has held much of the season, in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Mount View (3-4, 6.4815 points) is 10th.

On Tuesday, the Panthers jumped to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter, led 30-13 at intermission and 38-22 after three quarters.

Lindsay Ranquist keyed the Panther attack with 15 points, while Alanna Vose and Ericka Christen each added nine; Kasey Benner, six; Nicole Weaver and Mallory Robbins, both five; Roxanne Jelenfy, four; and Ashley Rackliff and Vanessa Davis, both two.

For Mount View, Hayleigh Kein led the way with 13 points, while Delainey Kein added five; Anna Piotti and Channing Murphy, each four; and Janelle Thornley and Cheyenne Dyer, both two.

The Panthers were a sizzling 12-of-13 (92 percent) from the charity stripe, while the ‘Stangs shot 4-of-13 (31 percent).

Medomak Valley got six points in the first quarter from Vose on an old-fashioned three-point play, along with a field goal from beyond the arc, while Ranquist also netted a pair of shots and Christensen, Jelenfy and Rackliff each converted field goals in the early going. Hayleigh Kein, Delainey Kein and Murphy each had first-quarter hoops for Mount View.

Ranquist continued her hot first half with three second-quarter field goals for the Panthers, while Weaver added a trey and two free throws and Vose a hoop and a foul shot. Hayleigh Kein netted two field goals for Mount View, while Piotti had a hoop in the paint, along with a free throw, accounting for the first-half scoring.

Mount View got off to a hot start in the third quarter on a three-point play by Delainey Kein and a Hayleigh Kein runner to give the visitors five quick points in the first minute, prompting a Medomak Valley timeout.

Benner then came back and hit the first of her two 3-pointers of the half to push the hosts’ lead back to 33-18. Murphy then put one up off the window in traffic to cut the Mount View deficit to 13, but a three-point play by Christensen extended the Panther edge to 36-20.

Christensen then came up with a blocked shot on the next Mount View possession, which resulted in a fastbreak hoop for Davis to push the Panther lead to 18 points.

Medomak Valley ran a methodical offense throughout the remainder of the third quarter, but a late turnover allowed Hayleigh Kein to hit a buzzer-beater on a runner to end the stanza.

The Panthers then put the game out of reach in the fourth stanza, outscoring Mount View 19-8 and hitting 7-of-7 from the foul line to preserve the win.

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