February 22, 2020
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Gardiner girls beat Medomak Valley to reach semifinals

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Gardiner's Jaycie Stevens charges past Autumn Ripley (1) of Medomak at the Cross Insurance Center on Friday night.

The second-seeded Gardiner girls basketball team topped No. 7 Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 58-30 in a Class A North quarterfinal matchup Friday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Gardiner (18-1) dominated the backboards and cashed in at the free-throw line to advance to next Wednesday’s 2 p.m. semifinal against No. 6 Skowhegan, a 57-40 winner over Messalonskee of Oakland in Friday’s first game.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Gardiner head coach Mike Gray talks to his team during the Class A North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.

Junior forward Bailey Poore led the Tigers with 13 points and five rebounds, while 6-foot-3 freshman center Izzy Gruber added 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Medomak Valley ends its season with a 6-13 record after falling in the quarterfinals for the third straight year.

Sadie Cohen and Alyssa Creamer scored nine points each for the Panthers.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Alyssa Creamer Medomak (21) dribbles past Kassidy Collins of Gardiner (11) during the Class A North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.

Gardiner jumped out to a 19-2 lead early in the second quarter, dominating play with a balanced, fast-paced offense and a rangy defense featuring Gruber, who had four blocks and a steal in the first half alone.

The Gardiner lead was 29-12 at halftime as Poore scored eight points, one of five different Tigers with at least four points during the game’s first 16 minutes.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Gardiner player Lizzy Gruber (44) blocks Sadie Cohen of Medomak as she goes to shoot during the Class A North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.

Gardiner also made 11 of 13 free throws in the first half en route to a 24 of 34 performance from the line for the game.

Medomak Valley, which had defeated Gardiner 53-51 at Waldoboro on Feb. 4 in a game when Gruber did not play, got within 31-19 two minutes into the third quarter on a drive by Creamer.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Medomak player Alyssa Creamer (21) shoots as Lizzy Gruber of Gardiner (44) attempts to block during the Class A North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.

But the Tigers roared back, working the paint and the offensive boards for a 12-0 run that pushed their lead to 46-21 a minute into the final period.

Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Josh O'Donnell | BDN
Medomak's Alyssa Creamer dribbles toward the basket as teammate Sadie Cohen (20) looks on during the Class A North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.

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