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Panthers game not "Pretty in Pink"

This one just wasn’t very pretty. The Paola Panther girls broke out the pink uniforms again, for the “Pink Out” in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, but unlike last year, the game just didn’t live up to the specialness of the night.

Last year, the Panthers and Louisburg Wildcats put on an epic battle, as Paola was trying to maintain their unblemished record, in a double overtime 67-65 victory by the Panthers.

WLH0068 This year the jersey colors were the same, as the Panthers took on another purple clad team, but the game didn’t live up to its predecessor, as the Baldwin Bulldogs handed the Panthers another double digit loss by a 55-35 count on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

This one was close for a minute or two, as Courtney Johnson and Rachel Schmidt were able to keep the game tied in the early going by converting a three point play and a jumper to knot the score at 5-5 with about a minute and a half off the clock.

But things started going south quickly from there, as the Bulldogs ran off a 15-6 run to close the first quarter with a nine point, 20-11 lead. Johnson accounted for four of the Panthers six points on a jumper and two free throw, Ann Pomatto hit a bucket to tally the Panthers other points of the quarter.

The nightmare continued in the second quarter, as the Bulldogs added to their lead steadily through the second eight minutes. Free throw shooting again began to plague the Panthers, as after Kylee Mader opened the quarter hitting four straight charity tosses, the Panthers finished the quarter going three for nine, and after the Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 17-9 in the second quarter, the Bulldogs held a 37-20 at the intermission.

“You have to do things right from the start to win,” said Stuart Ross, Panthers Head Coach. “We did things in the game that we know we cannot do.”

Most of those “things” were failing to hit free throws and making turnover after turnover, 23 in all, and those lost possessions add up to some very ugly basketball.

“We seen to play hard to not do things right,” Ross said. “That translates into turnovers, missed shots and lost possessions.”

The Bulldogs pushed the lead out to 20 plus points as the third quarter ended, outscoring the Panthers 11-7 in the third quarter, and for all practical purposes the game was over. Mader hit two of four free throws and Johnson hit basket and one of two free throws and MacKenzie Hallstrom also added a bucket to tally the Panthers seven points in the quarter.

The Panthers finally won the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 8-7 on baskets by Schmidt and Mader and free throws from Mader and Hallstrom and when the final buzzer sounded the Panthers were on the short end of a 55-35 score.

Paola was lead in scoring by Mader and Johnson with 10 points each. Both players shot well from the free throw line, with both converting 80% of their charity tosses. Mader hit 8 of 10 and Johnson hit four of five. The rest of the Panthers though had a tough night from the line, as they converted just five of 15 from the line.

The Bulldogs were paced by Ramie Burkhart with 14 points and Allison Howard with 11, no other Baldwin payer hit for double figures. The Bulldogs were 12 of 18 from the free throw line and hit five three point baskets in the game.

As bad as the Panthers are statistically, Ross is sticking with his squad, and is trying to maintain an upbeat attitude.

“This team looks better than their stats,” Ross said. “Our stats don’t look pretty, but these are good kids, they’re not doing these things on purpose.”

The Panthers have a rough three game stretch to end the season, as they will travel to Louisburg to take on the Wildcats on Friday, February 19, 2010, and then will return home to close the season with a Monday night game against the Anderson County Bulldogs and will then close the season with senior night as they host the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers before heading to the sub-state tournament.

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Hallstrom

1

0

2

2

2

4

Rankin

0

0

0

1

0

0

Golubski

0

0

0

0

2

0

Farmer

0

0

1

2

0

1

Johnson

3

0

4

5

1

10

Wood

0

0

1

2

5

1

Mader

1

0

8

10

4

10

Kessler

0

0

1

2

0

1

Schmidt

3

0

0

2

1

6

Pomatto

1

0

0

1

0

2

TOTAL

9

0

17

30

15

35

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Twombly

1

0

2

2

2

4

Enick

2

0

0

0

2

4

Howard

1

2

3

4

2

11

Hill

2

1

1

2

3

8

Burkhart

5

1

1

2

1

14

Behrens

0

0

1

3

0

1

Brecheisen

1

0

3

3

2

5

Smith

0

0

1

2

3

1

Brown

0

1

0

0

2

3

Kehl

2

0

0

0

2

4

Howard

0

0

0

0

1

0

TOTAL

14

5

12

18

20

55

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

11

9

7

8

35

Baldwin

20

17

11

7

55

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