Panthers girls remain unbeaten, boys drop 1
The Lady Panthers continued its season of domination with two more victories last weekend.
In Friday’s game against the Fromberg Falcons was a punishing contest, with a final score of 70-29.
“The girls are playing fast and very comfortable with our multiple defenses,” said Lady Panther Coach Jason Federico. “I give credit to the Fromberg Falcon players and coaches. They scored 13 points in the first quarter which is the second highest all season.”
Federico also said “the girls have really bought into our transition break and when we get quick scores and stop that means many and all, players are scoring.”
Senior Morgan Popp had 15 points and seven rebounds, junior Cara Grewell had 14 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Shelby Branstetter came of the bench to score 10 points and five rebounds, said Federico. In addition sophomore Tehya Ray and junior Hailee Gregerson each had nine points with two and six boards respectively.
“We share the ball, play tough defense and rebound we will compete every night,” said Federico.
Saturday was a road game against the Plenty Coups Warriors in what became a 10-point game in the Panthers’ favor.
Park City scored 17 points in the last few minutes of the game, but a 3-pointer by the Warriors closed the gap as Plenty Coups began to gain momentum.
Federico said it was foul trouble that led to the game being closer than he would have liked.
“What I like is that we got the lead and kept the lead and someone different every quarter had to step up because a starter that was in foul trouble,” said Federico. “Our bench played great defense and rebounded. “
MacKinzie Verke had 16 points while Popp added 14.
“Being a team without selfish kids and chemistry helps. It’s great to be a Panther,” said Federico.
The Park City Panther boys’ team suffered it first conference loss last weekend by a narrow margin.
Saturday night’s game against Plenty Coups ended with a 71-68 score.
Panther Coach Matt Neumann called it a “very exciting, fun game for us with an unfortunate finish.”
“We came out slow and dug ourselves a hole but I am so proud of our guys for fighting back into the game and having a shot to win it at the end,” said Neumann. “We had guys step up and hit some big shots.”
Four Panthers hit double-digit scoring, led by junior Dylan Sitzman with 20 points, Jaren McNeil with 19, senior Mason Moe with 15 and senior Dakota Westman who had 10.
Friday night’s game against the Fromberg Falcons was easily won by the Panthers with a final score of 63-34.
Four Panthers again hit double numbers, led by Moe’s 15 points. Seniors Ty Robbie and Sitzman had 11 each and Jaren McNeil recorded 10 points.
“Friday night we beat a very hard playing Fromberg team,” said Coach Neumann. “We struggled a little bit in the first half with many of our guys getting into foul trouble but we were able to fight through and play a great second half. “