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Missed opportunities cost Panthers

They say you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, and charity begins at home. The Paola Panthers were the recipient of some good at home charity on Tuesday night February 9, 2010 at Nevada, Missouri, but they didn’t take advantage of what the Nevada High School Lady Tigers were trying to give them, and consequently, came away on the short end of a 49-39 score.

WLH0061 The Tigers were in a giving mood, as they committed 20 fouls and send the Panthers to the free throw line 29 times, where the Panthers were able to convert on 17 points, or about 59%. By the same token, the Panthers were just as generous sending the Tigers to the line 30 times on 21 fouls, but Nevada was worse, shooting only 50% and converting just 15 foul shots. So, the Tigers gave the Panthers numerous opportunities to keep this game close, whole blowing many opportunities to put the game away. The combination of circumstances were there for Paola to pick up a much needed road win, but the Panthers were unable to capitalize on the situation.

“We didn’t adjust to the physical play of the first half,” said Panthers Head Coach Stuart Ross. “It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming, we knew about it, but we didn’t adjust and in affected us offensively.”

Ceremony planned The play may have been physical, but the Tigers were willing to put the Panthers on the free throw line and take their chances. Early in the game, the tactic backfired, as Paola hit their first four free throw attempts, but from then on, the Panthers were no better than a 50% free throw shooting team, as Paola went to the line twelve more times and hit just six. In a close game, this type of conversion percentage will cost you, and for the Panthers, it did.

"Pink" Panthers Paola jumped to a 10-6 lead on the strength of Courtney Johnson’s three buckets and four for four shooting from the charity stripe by Rachel Schmidt and Melanie Golubski. But the Tigers were able to go on a 9-2 run to close the quarter and take a three point, 15-12 lead after the first eight minutes. Those two points came on two free throws from Golubski who went 2 for 4 from the line in the last three and a half minutes of the quarter.

The Tigers opened the second quarter by going on a 10-3 run to push their lead to 10 points at 25-15, the Panthers three points came on a basket and one of two free throws from Golubski. Paola did manage to slice into the lead, by finishing the half on a 7-2 run to trim the Tiger lead to five, the big shot during that period was a Rachel Schmidt jumper at the buzzer which pulled the Panthers to within five at 27-22.

The Panther slipped further in the hole coming out of the locker room after the intermission, as Nevada outscored Paola 10-4 in the first five minutes of the second half to open a 37-26 lead before a basket by Anne Kessler cut the lead to single digits with just over two minutes to play in the quarter.

From there the Panthers would again net just two free throws from Golubski while the Tigers went six for six from the line to pull out to a 14 point 44-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter turned into a free throw shooting contest, as the Panthers outscored the Tigers 9-5 in the quarter, the Panthers nine points came on a pair of field goals by Hallstrom, and five of nine free throws. The Tigers made no field goals and were a dismal 5-10 from the free throw line in the quarter. The Panthers had their chances, Nevada could not make a free throw either, but Paola could not capitalize on the situation and never got closer than eight points.

“We had great looks in the second half,” Ross said. “We just didn’t finish.”

The Panthers will have little time to dwell on this performance, as they will host the Spring Hill Broncos on Friday, February 12, 2010 in their next game action.

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PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Hallstrom

2

0

1

2

4

5

Rankin

0

0

0

0

0

0

Golubski

2

0

8

14

2

12

Farmer

0

0

1

3

2

1

Johnson

4

0

1

2

4

9

Wood

0

0

0

0

5

0

Mader

0

0

2

2

2

2

Kessler

1

0

0

0

1

2

Schmidt

2

0

2

2

3

6

Pomatto

0

0

2

4

0

2

TOTAL

11

0

17

29

21

39

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Klinsick

1

0

0

0

2

2

Thomas

4

0

5

8

4

13

Harper

0

2

1

1

3

7

Inwin

0

0

1

3

1

1

Domer

0

0

0

0

2

0

Culbertson

0

0

2

2

3

2

Hughs

1

0

0

0

1

2

Long

6

0

4

11

2

16

Smith

2

0

2

4

2

6

TOTAL

14

2

15

30

20

49

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

12

10

8

9

39

Nevada

15

12

17

5

49

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