Following Wednesday night’s court action, the Medomak Valley and Searsport boys basketball teams were happy campers. Very happy campers.

That is because the Panthers nabbed a 59-51 win against tough Nokomis of Newport, while Searsport won its second game of the season with a 55-47 decision over George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill. Both were home victories.

However, the Medomak Valley girls lost to host Nokomis and the Islesboro girls suffered a loss to visiting Kents Hill the same night.


Medomak Valley 59, Nokomis 51 … At Waldoboro in a makeup game from Jan. 18, after trading leads and experiencing a tie with the visiting Warriors of Newport, the Panthers broke out with five minutes left in the game to grab breathing room and take the win.

Even though Nokomis led at times throughout the game and shot 100 percent from the foul line, Medomak Valley led at the quarter breaks. The Panthers held a 15-13 edge at the end of the first quarter and 26-24 at halftime. At the end of the third stanza the hosts were up 43-40.

John Murray led the Panthers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Isaac Durkee followed with 15 points;  Isaac Greenrose, 11; Kyle Durkee, Alex Greenrose and Shane Osier. all five each. Isaac Greenrose dished out four assists.

Chris Braley led the Warriors with 32 points, including shooting 10-of-10 free-throw line, nabbed five rebounds and had four steals. Also, Drew Wing added nine points; Ruel Libby, six; and Ethan Pearl and John Adams, two each. Libby also had two rebounds and four steals.

The Panthers were 20-of-33 (61 percent) from the foul line, while Nokomis was 14-of-14 (100 percent).

The teams were at each others’ throats for most of the game. By the end of the third stanza, Isaac Greenrose drilled a 3-pointer to thrust the hosts ahead 43-40.

The Panthers came out during the fourth quarter and found more space between them and the Warriors by the final buzzer. With 3:26 to go, Medomak Valley led 50-45 and two minutes later the host had a 55-49 cushion en route to the win.

“Everybody did a great job of helping and switching and talking,” Panther coach Nick DePatsy said. “It was just a total team defensive effort.”

DePatsy said his guards stayed on their men, mostly Braley and Pearl, which was the key to the win.

Medomak Valley (10-3, 58.3333 points) is third in the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, while Camden Hills (13-0, 83.1790 points) sits atop the 19-team region. The top 10 teams make the playoffs.

Searsport 55, George Stevens Academy 47 … At Searsport, Dylan Moody and Shane Seekins led the Vikings (2-11) to their second win of the season as the hosts slid past the Eagles (6-7).

Moody netted 16 points, with six rebounds, and Seekins scored 15 points with five rebounds and five assists. Seekins connected on three 3-point shots.

“The guys have been steadily improving throughout the season and we’ve been talking about putting together a full game — we finally did that,” said Searsport coach Brad Cook. “We scored first, grabbed a good-sized lead, and never fell behind while handling the GSA runs. We’re a young team overall, starting just one senior, so this was a big win for our guys as we learn how to get it done.”

Searsport came out strong in the first quarter with an 18-9 lead. At the end of the second, the hosts were up 26-18 and 41-36 after three.

Also for Searsport, Rocky Faunce had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, Milton Jones six points and seven rebounds and Buddy Ellis five points.

Nick Doolittle led GSA with 16 points, followed by Nick Kane with 11. Also Harvard Bridges had eight points; Will Brokaw, six; Nick Dillon, four; and Cameron Lawson, two. Kane connected on three 3-pointers.

Offensively, Cook said his team played well, putting three players into double digits. He also commended Ellis.

“[Buddy] did a nice job getting the ball started into the offense and hit two free throws late in the game to put it out of reach,” the coach said. “We shared the ball and everyone played well as a result.”

Defensively, “the team played it’s best game of the season,” he said. “GSA had a height advantage, however, we controlled the rebounding action and limited second attempts.“

Cook said that Jones keyed the defense as he applied strong on-ball pressure versus GSA’s best player, Kane. He said when Jones came out, other defenders came in and held Kane scoreless in the first half.

Searsport (2-11, 7.4074 points) is 15th in Eastern Class C while Lee Academy (11-1, 61.3580 points) is first in the 20-team region. The top 10 teams advance to the tournament.


Nokomis 33, Medomak Valley 23 … At Nokomis, despite holding 12-3 lead out of the gates, the Panthers fell behind in the second half as the visitors lost by 10 points.

“Two great defensive teams — that’s the kind of score you would expect,” said Medomak Valley coach Randy Hooper. “We just came up a little short on the offensive end, but I am so proud of how my kids came out and defended a very good Nokomis team.”

Medomak Valley led 12-3 at the end of the first quarter and 14-9 at halftime. However, Nokomis outscored its guests 14-6 in the third quarter to lessen the gap. By the end of the third stanza the Panthers clung to a 20-19 edge.

Nokomis, the defending regional champions, had a 14-3 scoring lead in the fourth quarter to gain the edge.

Alanna Vose led Medomak Valley with 11 points, followed by Ericka Christensen with nine, and Ashley Rackliff three.

Marissa Shaw led Nokomis with 11 points, while Julie Smith had 10, Danielle Watson nine and Kylie Richards three.

The Panthers shot 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the foul line, while Nokomis was 15-of-24 (63 percent).

Medomak Valley (11-2, 59.9691 points) is fifth in Eastern Class B, while Presque Isle (12-1, 83.3333 points) sits atop the 19-team region. The top 10 teams make the playoffs.

Kents Hill 42, Islesboro 28 … At Islesboro, the Eagles could not dig out of a deep first-quarter hole and fell by double-digits to the Huskies. Kents Hill led 10-2, 25-12 and 34-15 at the quarter breaks.

Autumn Johnson netted 15 points to lead Islesboro, while Ally Craig added seven and Caitlin Small, Mika McKenney and Alana Govoni, all two.

For Kents Hill, Brittany Sharp netted 15 points, while Heather Larrabee added six; Caroline Tortorella and Mandy Glynn, both four; and Kelsey Grey and Rosie Guimares, each two.

The Eagles were 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the charity stripe, while the Huskies were 10-of-18 (55 percent).

Islesboro (1-12, 2.6042 points) is 14th in Eastern Class B, while Richmond (12-0, 49.7971 points) is first in the 15-team region. The top eight teams qualify for postseason play.

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