Goin' Buffalo Hunting

Panthers waste little time in putting Prairie View away

WLH0025 The Paola Panther Girls left little doubt as to how they would react to suffering their first loss in the season finale at Gardner Friday night, as they came out and dominated the Prairie View Buffalos 69-24 at Paola Tuesday night. The victory advanced the Panthers to the sub-state semi-final game against Louisburg on Friday at Ottawa.

No contest. Those two words best describe the contest between the Panthers and Buffalos. Paola came out an jumped all over the visitors, running out to a 13-0 lead on the strength of seven points from Rachel Hanf, and two each from Taylor Smith, Megan Hayes and Taelor Karr.

Andrea Weers stopped the Panther run and made the score 13-2 with a short jumper, but the Panthers continued to put the pedal to the metal through the remainder of the quarter, outscoring the Buffalos 14-6 through the end of the quarter, the run featured another three pointer from Hanf and a buzzer beater three pointer from Karr to make the first quarter score 27-8. Kayla Offutt, Courtney Johnson and Rachel Schmidt all contributed baskets during the run.

The second quarter featured less scoring from the Panthers, as they increased the lead to 26 points at 38-12, by outscoring the Buffalos 11-4 in the quarter. Courtney Clouse, Karr, Schmidt, Offutt, Kylee Mader and Allison Wood all scored in the quarter.

“You did everything we asked you to do,” said Panther Head Coach Stuart Ross. “We got a big defensive boost from the bench.”

Once again, the Panthers turned the heat up another notch in the third quarter, outscoring the Buffalos 14-2 to take a commanding 52-14 lead at the end of the quarter. Hanf, Hayes, Ashlee Johnson, Karr and Wood all contributed points in the quarter, the lone Buffalo points coming on a basket by Codi Chambers basket late in the quarter.

The Panthers pushed the lead to 40 points at the outset of the final quarter, as Hanf hit another three pointer to give Paola a 55-14 lead. Another Hanf three pointer a short time later pushed the Panther lead to 43 points at 60-17, and a three point play by Karr following a Prairie View basket gave the Panthers a 63-19 lead. After two Buffalo free throws by Keli Rauber, Mader hit four consecutive free throws to push the lead to 67-21. The teams spent the remainder of the game at the free throw line, with Mader hitting two more charity tosses and the Buffalos getting free throws from Melanie Sommer and Rauber to make the score 69-24.

WLH0136 “That was a fantastic way to close out things on our home floor,” Ross said. “You should feel great about this game, it was a good way to close it out, you came back and showed you still have it.”