2015-01-28 / Sports

’Builders fall to Panthers

BY BOB CONN Times Record Staff


Time is getting short for the Morse High School girls basketball team.

Coming into Monday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B contest against 11-3 Medomak Valley at Bath Middle School, the Shipbuilders sat four spots out of a playoff spot in Western Maine Class B and needed a win against the Panthers to jump-start a late-season run.

For two-plus quarters, Morse seemed to have things working in its favor, but fouls and Medomak’s ability to hit free throws led to a 51- 34 Panthers win, leaving the ’Builders with a 6-9 mark, with a visit to Mt. View slated for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Hannah Marks was the catalyst for the Panthers, scoring 25 points and making 13-of-15 at the free-throw line. In all, three Shipbuilders fouled out in the fourth quarter as Medomak Valley turned a two-point lead into a 17-point victory.

“They’re a tough team, fundamentally sound and will run you off a bunch of screens until they get an open shot,” said Morse coach Becky Roak. “They penetrate very well and put us on our heels. We got into foul trouble, and that definitely hurt us. Defensively, when your best defenders are on the sidelines, it hurts your chances.”

Morse led 17-16 at the half and extended its advantage to 26-23 over the first half of the third quarter, but an 11-0 Panthers run to close the quarter made for a 34-26 lead for the visitors. The Shipbuilders battled right back, starting the frame on a 6-0 spurt to get to 34-32, but Marks scored 11 points down the stretch, nine from the free-throw line, and Maggie Cox finished off her 13-point evening with two buckets late in regulation.

Slow first

The first quarter featured long possessions by Medomak Valley and just nine total points between the two squads, with Morse grabbing a 5-4 lead as Noa Sreden hit a 3-pointer and Emma Harrington scored from inside.

The Panthers found some rhythm in the second, using a 12-7 spurt for a 16-12 lead with 1:31 remaining until halftime.

But, it was the Shipbuilders who left the court all smiles, as Signe Ostergaard hit a short jumper and close the half with a buzzerbeating 3-pointer for a onepoint Morse lead.

“We just decided that we were going to push the ball and that worked against a team like Medomak Valley that wanted to slow it down,” said Sreden, who had nine points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. “We started hitting shots, which was nice.”

Leia Graves and Harrington scored early in the second half, and Sreden’s second trey from the corner staked Morse to a 24-20 advantage. Cox stepped back and drained a 3, but Ostergaard answered with two at the other end for a 26-23 advantage for the hosts.

That is when the wheels fell off for Morse, as Medomak Valley received seven straight points from Marks, with Hannah Heald (free throw), Cox (jump shot) and Sophie Cohen (free throw) each scoring to close the quarter for a 34-26 Panthers advantage.

Morse refused to go away quietly. After Marks missed a free throw to start the fourth, Emma Gould scored for Morse, and after two more Medomak missed free throws, Ostergaard and Sophie Sreden scored to make for a two-point game with 5:27 left.

Two quick fouls on Ostergaard sent the point guard to the bench with five. Marks took over from there, hitting eight straight free throws to close things out as the Panthers ended the game on a 17-2 run.

“We couldn’t put the ball in the basket, and no matter how hard you play on defense, you have to put the ball in the basket,” said Roak. “Medomak took us out of our game to begin with. They play a slow, methodical game.

“Before the game I told them to play their hearts out because we have nothing to lose. If we win we win, if we don’t we don’t. It’s a wash.”

“Our goal was to win out,” said Noa Sreden, whose team still has point-worthy teams Camden Hills and Oceanside on the docket next week. “If we can win the rest, I think we can get in. We have had a lot of close games, so we are motivated to finish strong.”

Justice Barrows had nine rebounds and seven points for Medomak Valley, while Marks picked up four steals. The Panthers attempted just 31 shots and made 14 (45 percent). At the foul line, Medomak finished 20-of-27.

Morse led in rebounds, 24-20, but made just 15-of-55 from the field (27 percent) and attempted only two free throws, making one. Ostergaard had a team-high 11 points, dished out three assists and picked up two steals. Harrington had a team-high eight boards, while Sophie Sreden blocked three shots.

Medomak Valley 51, Morse 34

Monday, at Bath Middle School

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Medomak — Maggie Cox 5-2-13, Sophie Cohen 0-1- 1, Hannah Marks 5-13-25, Justice Barrows 3-1-7, Hannah Heald 1-3-5, Krista Hooper 0-0-0, Gabby DePatsy 0-0-0. Totals — 14-20-51. Morse — Noa Sreden 3-1-9, Emma Harrington 2-0-4, Signe Ostergaard 5-0-11, Sophie Sreden 1-0-2, Leia Graves 2-0-4, Emma Gould 1-0-2, Hope Faulkingham 0-0-0, Sierra Wallace 1-0-2, Julia Hart 0-0-0. Totals — 15-1-34. 3-point field goals — (MedV) Marks 2, Cox; (Mo) N. Sreden 2, Ostergaard. Records — Medomak Valley 12-3, Morse 6-9. Up next for the Shipbuilders — Friday at Mt. View, 6:30 p.m.

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