Lady Panthers perfection continues, boys share top spot in standings
New weekend. Same story. Two more wins for the Park City Lady Panthers, keeping them atop the District 6C standings with a perfect conference record of 10-0.
The Panthers began last weekend’s play against in-county rival the Reed Point-Rapelje Renegades.
The game went to Park City with a final score of 56-33. Panther Coach Jason Federico had done his homework on RPR ahead of time and learned the Renegades “new look” this season is a man-to-man defense.
“We had worked on our man to man defense full-court and half-court all week in practice. It was our main focus,” said Federico.”We didn’t shoot as well in the first half but in the second, we hit four 3’s that opened up things.”
Rebounding continued to be a focus as well, with Park City grabbing 16 boards in the first half and 18 in the second. The Panthers committed 16 turnovers compared to RPR’s 23.
Cara Grewell led in scoring with 11 points, four rebounds and was 2 for 2 at the free-throw line. Morgan Popp had 11 points and seven rebounds and MacKinzie Verke had 11 points and four rebounds. Hailee Gregerson was 2 for 2 from the 3-point line in the second half.
Game 2 was an away contest against the Roberts Rockets that ended in a 45-33 Panther win.
A physically tough Rocket squad held Park City to just four points in the first quarter, which was the first time this season any team had held the Panthers to that low first-quarter score.
Federico said the team rallied in the second quarter to score 14 points and take the lead at halftime 18-16. In the second half, Park City mixed its different press and played zone, holding Roberts to six points in the third quarter.
“I know that they were not expecting us to switch to zone and it payed off,” said Federico.
Grewell again led in scoring with 14 points and was 2 for 2 at the free-throw line. Tehya Ray added 12 points while Gregerson had six points.
The boys swept both weekend games and are tied at the top of the 6C standings with Plenty Coups, each of whom has a 9-1 conference record.
Friday’s game against RPR ended with a final score of 45-31. Mason Moe led with 18 points followed by Ty Robbie with 13 and Dakota Westman with six. Saturday’s game against Roberts was a blow-out with the Panthers winning 60-25. Moe led with 12 points followed by Westman with 11. Robbie and Lane Lowell each added eight.
“(We) picked up another two good conference wins this weekend which is something to be happy about,” said Panther Coach Matt Neumann. “We did not shoot the ball particularly great but we managed to play tough on the defensive side of the ball and score more points then our opponents.”
Neumann said the squad is currently “down a couple key players right now so it was good to see some of the other guys step in and fill some big roles for us.?”