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Panther fall short at Ft. Scott 53-40

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Cotton

2

2

0

0

5

10

Dent

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dunmars

0

0

1

2

3

1

Hawkins

1

0

0

0

1

2

Goodman

0

0

0

1

2

0

Kresin

0

1

2

2

4

5

Hayes

4

0

2

3

3

10

Wilson

4

0

4

5

1

12

Smail

0

0

0

0

0

0

Debrick

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

11

3

9

13

19

40

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Stark

0

2

0

1

2

6

Quick

1

0

1

2

1

3

Hull

1

0

0

2

2

2

Ruhl

0

2

2

2

0

8

Karleskint

0

0

0

0

1

0

Floyd

3

1

5

6

4

14

Woodring

0

0

1

2

1

1

Knopp

3

0

3

5

4

9

Harper

0

2

2

2

1

8

Francher

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

9

7

14

22

16

53

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

9

11

10

10

40

Fort Scott

18

11

12

12

53

SCORE BY QUARTERS
Player

If you look back at the Paola Panther Boys Basketball season, you’ll see a team, that, for the most part, battled hard, lost a couple of games they could have, and probably should have won, but won a couple of games they really had no business winning. All in all, the Panthers 8-13 record was just about where they should have landed in a season that saw them take on some very tough competition.

WLH0353 Monday night in Fort Scott was really no different, as the Panthers again played with fire and emotion, but came up on the short end of a 53-40 score in the opening round of the Kansas Class 4A Sub-State tournament on March 1, 2010 in the Fort Scott High School gym.

The Panthers gave the Tigers all they could handle, and Fort Scott’s not a bad squad, they have the horses to play with Ottawa, their next opponent, whether they have the horses to win will be seen on Friday night, after all, the Tigers were coming off a victory over Coffeyville Field-Kindley, which is the top seed in the Labette County sub-state tournament. So, the Tigers 14-6 record was legitimate.

“We had some bumps in the road,” said Panthers Head Coach Dave Cash. “But we always came back ready to work and that’s all I can ask for as a coach.”

This one didn’t start well for the Panthers, as the Tigers opened a quick 6-0 lead and stretched it to 11-2 with a little under five and a half minutes to play in the first quarter. A three point play by Nick Wilson stopped the Tiger run and cut the lead to six, but Fort Scott would outscore the Panthers 7-4 from that point on and as the first quarter ended, the Tigers enjoyed an 18-9 lead, and looked for all practical purposes like they would run away and hide from the Panthers.

But, just as they have done time and time again this season, the Panthers were not done by any stretch of the imagination. After Gabe Quick put the Tigers back in front by double digits at 20-9, the Panthers went on a 10-1 run, fueled by two baskets by Nick Wilson, a basket and two free throws from Travis Hayes and a bucket from Isaac Cotton, and suddenly, with about four minutes to play in the half, the Panthers found themselves right back in the game trailing by just two at 21-19. That would be as close as the Panthers would come, as the Tigers were able to right the ship, and outscore the Panthers 8-1 over the last half of the second quarter to take a 29-20 halftime lead. The Tigers run was started and ended with three pointers from Jacob Ruhl, who hit a trey to stop the Panther run and give the Tigers a five point 24-19 lead and then capped the run with a three pointer with less than ten seconds on the clock to push the lead back to nine at 29-20.

Nick Wilson hit a basket to open the scoring in the third quarter to cut the Tiger lead to seven, but the Panthers would struggle to get any closer, as Fort Scott was able to maintain a nine to 13 point lead through much of the second half. The Panthers tried to make a move late in the third quarter, as with a little less than a minute and a half to play, Brandon Goodman was fouled and sent to the free throw like in a one and one situation.

Goodman missed the front end of the one and one, but Hayes battled for the rebound and hit the put back shot to pull the Panthers back to within 11 points at 39-28. Skylar Hawkins cut the Tiger lead to single digits a few seconds later off a steal and a layup, and with less than a minute to play in the third quarter, the Panthers trailed by just nine points at 39-30, but as time was running out in the third quarter, the Panthers showed one of their few complete defensive collapses of the game, allowing Griffin Knopp to drive, uncontested to the basket for a layup as the horn sounded pushing the Tiger lead back to double digits at 41-30.

An early fourth quarter three pointer by Quick pushed the Fort Scott lead back to 14 points at 44-30, but again the Panthers began to battle back, and after two free throws by Wilson and an Isaac Cotton three pointer, the Panthers were back to within nine at 44-35 with about five minutes to play in the game.

The Panthers did their best to get steals, and really didn’t turn the game into a free throw shooting contest, but they did put the Tigers on the line 10 times over the next four minutes, and the Tigers responded by hitting nine of those charity tosses to go on a 9-2 run over from the five minute mark to about one minute to play in the game, turning the 44-35 lead into a 53-37 lead, effectively ending the Panthers season.

Conner Kresin hit the Panthers, and the games final points with a three pointer with under a minute to play to make the final score 53-40.

“There’s nothing to hang your heads about,” Coach Cash told his players after the game. “I hate to lose, but you don’t have anything to fee sorry about after that game.”

Cash when on to tell his team how proud he was of them, and for a team loaded with underclassmen, they took what the season gave them and faced it head on. But he also admonished his team, telling them that they need to grow up and mature, not just in basketball, which he said would be easy because they were all willing to work on their games, but also in every other phase of life.

“You’ve handled everything this season with class,” he said. “But, we have go grow and mature, we all have to work hard to make good decisions heading into next year.”

The loss ended the Panthers season at 8-13, short of the .500 season Travis Hayes said he wanted at the beginning of the season, but a good season none the less. The victory sends Fort Scott, now 15-6 to the sub-state semifinal game against Ottawa, which was a 73-29 winner over Anderson County on Monday night.

 

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