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PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Cotton

6

2

1

1

0

19

Dunmars

2

0

3

7

0

7

Hawkins

2

0

0

0

0

4

Goodman

0

2

2

2

1

2

Kresin

0

0

0

0

3

0

Hayes

3

0

2

2

2

8

Wilson

5

0

1

2

2

11

Smail

0

0

1

2

1

1

West

0

0

1

2

1

1

TOTAL

18

2

11

18

12

53

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Miller

1

4

2

2

2

16

Sharemet

2

0

0

0

4

4

Koehn

3

0

0

0

3

6

Donahue

3

0

2

2

3

8

Atwell

1

0

0

0

1

2

Stiles

3

0

7

7

0

12

Gilliland

1

0

0

0

3

2

Watson

3

2

5

6

4

17

Kahn

4

0

0

0

0

8

TOTAL

21

6

16

17

20

76

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

9

11

17

16

53

Spring Hill

23

20

16

17

76

SCORE BY QUARTERS
Player

Panthers buried by red hot Broncos

The little things always seem to come back to haunt you. No matter what you do, from the most mundane task to the most important task in your life, if you don’t take care of the little things, the whole project is in jeopardy.

The Paola Panther boys found that out the hard way on Tuesday, February 12, 2010 as they took on the Spring Hill Broncos in the PHS Gym. The Panthers turned in a lackluster first half of basketball, which included a four minute stretch in the first quarter that saw the Broncos go on a 13-0 run, turning a one point lead into a 14 point advantage. That run propelled the Broncos on to a 23 point first half lead and allowed them to humble the Panthers and hand them a 76-53 defeat.

WLH0438 As was the case with their female counterparts, the Panthers ran smack into a buzz saw which was the Bronco team, as the visitors bombed away on the Panthers, hitting 21 field goals and adding six three point baskets. The Broncos were most impressive from the free throw line, nailing 16 of 17 free throws.

“That wasn’t one of our greatest performances tonight,” said Panthers Head Coach Dave Cash. “We just can’t play like that and expect to win games.”

The Panthers opened the game with a bucket by Nick Wilson, giving Paola a 2-0 lead. Then as if a harbinger of things to come, Mitch Watson and Jordan Miller hit back to back three pointers to give the Broncos a 6-2 advantage. A basket from Travis Hayes pulled the Panthers to within two at 6-4, but Derrick Koehn hit a jumper to put the Broncos up by four at 8-4 before Isaac Cotton hit a three pointer to pull the Panthers to within one at 8-7. It would be as close as the Panthers would come to the Broncos.

It was at this point the little things started to snowball on the Panthers, they fell into their old habits of not communicating, not getting back on defense, not rebounding and worst of all, not finishing shots. Before you could say “oh my” the Broncos had reeled off 13 unanswered points and the score went from 8-7 to 21-7, and that, ladies and gentlemen was the ball game.

“We didn’t take anything away from them,” Cash said. “We didn’t make anything hard on them.”

Indeed, the Panthers made this one look easy, the problem, they made it look easy for the Broncos, who started to score in just about every way they wanted to. The Broncos followed up their 23 point first quarter effort with 20 more points in the second quarter, including two three pointers, five two point baskets and a perfect four of four from the free throw line. In fact, after Mitch Watson missed his first free throw attempt in the first quarter, the Broncos ran of 16 straight from the line.

Isaac Cotton and Hayes each hit two baskets in the quarter, and Justin Dunmars added a basket and one of three from the free throw line to account for the Panthers 11 points in the quarter. By the time Watson’s three pointer at the buzzer had split the nets, the Broncos were enjoying a 23 point advantage, and the two teams hit the locker room for the intermission with the Broncos holding a 43-20 lead.

As bad as the first half was, the second was better, but after digging a 23 point hole, the Panthers had little if any fight left, as the Broncos came out of the locker room and ran off six straight points to open their biggest lead of the game at 29 points, 49-20 with six and a half minutes to play in the third quarter. The lead hit 29 again a minute or so later at 51-22, but the Panthers were able to keep the lead under thirty points.

The two teams traded baskets through the rest of the quarter, an when Wilson and Skylar Hawkins hit back to back jumpers to close the quarter, the Panthers trailed by 22 points at 59-37 having outscored the Broncos 17-16 in the third quarter.

Jordan Miller and Cotton opened the scoring for their respective teams early in the final quarter as Miller hit all eight of his fourth quarter points at the beginning of the quarter, and Cotton answered with five points of his own during the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The Panthers cut the lead to 21 points on another Cotton basket and a pair of free throws from Dunmars, but that is as close as the Panthers would come, and the teams finished out the quarter by trading points to the final 76-53 advantage.

The Panthers were lead by Isaac Cotton with 19 points on six field goals and two tree pointers along with one for one from the field. Wilson was the only other Panther to hit for double figures on five field goals and one for two free throws. Wilson was uncharacteristically shut out from three point range.

The Broncos put three players in double figures, led by Watson with 17 points on three field goals, two, three pointers and five of six from the line. Miller added one field goal, four three pointers and two for two free throws for 16 points, and Nathan Stiles hit three field goals and seven for seven free throws to put up 13 points.

“They made us play their game tonight,” Cash said. “The good news is, we get to play more, but they’re all going to be tough.”

The Panthers will take on the Baldwin Bulldogs on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Just a month ago, the Panthers used a hot shooting touch to pickup a rare road win by a 52-36 score at Baldwin. The Panthers will hit the road on Friday, February 19, 2010 as they travel to Louisburg to take on the Wildcats.

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