Lady Panthers crowned 6C District champions
The Park City Lady Panthers grabbed the 6C District Championship last weekend with a 45-40 win against the Broadview-Lavina Pirates.
In that championship game, Panthers Tehya Ray, Shelby Branstetter and Shelby Kluth targeted one shooting source, preventing her from scoring in the first half. Park City caused 19 turnovers and committed just nine turnovers, which Coach Jason Federico called “huge” in a championship game.
“We shot 10/18 from the line they shot 5-15 from the line,” said Federico. “They only made two 3-pointers the entire game so they struggled shooting maybe because of our defense and pressure.”
MacKinzie Verke led in scoring with 11 points and nine rebounds. Morgan Popp had seven points and 10 rebounds, Branstetter had eight points and five boards and Cara Grewell added seven points, two rebounds and two steals.
In the semi-final game against the Plenty Coups Warriors, it was a matter of quick and easy scoring by running to the ball and getting to the middle of the zone “because they don’t defend the middle,” said Federico.
Verke led with 14 points, eight boards and three assists while Hailee Gregerson added eight points and six boards. Branstetter and Popp had eight points each along with five and eight boards respectively. The Warriors had 10 turnovers compared to the Panthers 12.
The opening game was an easy 60-20 win against the Custer-Hysham Rebels.
The Panther press led to 26 Rebel turnovers compared to Park City’s six.
“Six turnovers in the entire game for girls basketball is epic,” said Federico.
Ray led in scoring with 17 points and four boards. Grewell had 13 points, six boards and five assists while Gregerson recorded eight points and three boards.