Staff report

WINSLOW — The Waterville hockey team has struggled offensively all season, scoring a combined 12 goals in its first 11 games.

The Purple Panthers broke out in a big way Saturday night at Sukee Arena.

Dalton Denis scored a pair of goals and JT Whitten finished with five points as Waterville routed Winslow 6-0 in a game between two teams that have struggled all year.

“We have to start somewhere,” said Whitten, who had a goal and four assists. “We started moving the puck and getting good shots. It felt good. We needed it. We have to get going.”

Lance LeFebvre, Chris Lee and Tom Sturtevant also scored for Waterville, which had as many goals Saturday as it did in its previous five games combined.

Cody Thibodeau needed to make just nine saves to earn the shutout. Winslow goalie Cam Tibbetts had 29 saves.

“We got the goals we needed,” Waterville coach Dennis Martin said. “We just went back to the basics. We crashed the net and just kept shooting.”

The Purple Panthers shook off their scoring woes with two goals in the opening period and three more in the second. Denis scored twice in about a two-minute span early in the second to put this one away. He banged home a rebound off a Whitten shot with 9:08 left in the second to make it 3-0. Denis then back-handed a shot past Tibbetts on a breakaway with 7:53 left in the period to make it 4-0.

“It was good to get going,” Whitten said.

Messalonskee 7, Lawrence 1: Messalonskee’s top line of Sam Dexter, Chase Cunningham and James Varney followed up an impressive performance against Orono with another against Lawrence at Sukee Arena.

The trio combined for five goals and six assists as the Eagles (8-1-0) won their sixth straight. Cunningham had a hat trick while Dexter had a pair of goals.

Nate DelGiudice stopped 12 shots to earn the victory. Josh Doolan scored and Kyle McLain had 43 saves for Lawrence (2-7-1).

Messalonskee led just 2-0 after the first period before it erupted for three goals in the second.

Dexter scored 27 seconds into the second and Messalonskee was off and running.

Girls basketball

Messalonskee 46, Oxford Hills 44: Mary Badeen scored 17 points and recorded a key steal to lead the Eagles to a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A win over the Vikings in South Paris.

Messalonskee (8-4) trailed by six points with about five minutes left to play but took the lead and held it following Badeen’s steal and layup.

Megan Pelletier scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the winners while teammate Mikayla Turner had nine points and eight rebounds. Abby Eastman led Oxford Hills (6-6) with 15 points.

Medomak Valley 59, Mt. View 29: Alana Vose scored 23 points as the Panthers beat the Mustangs in a KVAC B game in Waldoboro.

Mallory Conary added 16 points for Medomak Valley. Kelsey Higgins scored nine points for Mt. View.

Spruce Mountain 44, Madison 37: The Phoenix rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the Bulldogs in a Mountain Valley Conference game in Jay.

Alexi Deering and Kathryn Ventrella each scored 10 points for Spruce Mountain (11-1).
Kirsten Wood had 10 points for Madison (10-2).

Mountain Valley 50, Madison 47: Ayla Allen scored a game-high 21 points and Makayla White added 15 to help Mountain Valley knock Madison from the ranks of the unbeatens Friday night.

Sam Bruce scored 17 points and Melissa White added 11 for the Bulldogs (10-1).

Boys basketball

Madison 61, Telstar 58: Austin Kane scored 22 points to lead the host Bulldogs to the Mountain Valley Conference win.

M.J. Flanders scored 12 points while teammate Steven Lawrence scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Danny Whitney and Dominic Haines led Telstar with 20 and 13 points, respectively. Both teams are 6-6.

Valley 38, PCHS 34: Josh West scored 14 points and Caleb Wade 12 to lead the Cavaliers to the non-conference win over Piscataquis in Guilford.

West added nine rebounds while Wade recorded five assists. Trevor Duby led PCHS (5-7) with 13 points. Valley is 9-3.

Oxford Hills 52, Messalonskee 48: Deric Hanscom scored 13 points to lead the Vikings to the KVAC A win in South Paris.

Alex Ferguson added eight points for Oxford Hills (4-8) while Riley Wentworth led Messaonskee (1-11) with nine points.

Medomak Valley 75, Mt. View 51: Isaac Greenrose scored 25 points as the Panthers beat the Mustangs in a KVAC B game in Waldoboro.

Bobby Porter scored 15 points, while Craig Nealley and Taylor Reynolds each scored for Mt. View.

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