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Panthers can't catch 'Cats, lose 59-46

The Paola Panther girls basketball team knew they would have a tough time against the Louisburg Wildcats on Friday, February 19, 2010. Heck, the Panthers have had very few easy games on the season, but the Panthers knew the Wildcats would have some added incentive in this game as they would say goodbye to five seniors playing in their final home game.

WLH0494 In the end, the game hinged on the Panthers inability to contain one of those seniors, as the Wildcats Taylor Brown torched the Paola defense for 16 points, including scoring 11 of the ‘Cats first 18 points in the game, helping Louisburg to jump to an 18-11 lead at the end of one period of play. The Wildcats never looked back, and the panthers were unable to make a dent in the deficit on their way to a 59-46 defeat.

The Panthers hung tough early, as Kylee Mader hit the first basket of the game to give Paola a 2-0 lead. Mader hit two more baskets and Rachel Schmidt hit one in the first five minutes to give Paola an 8-7 lead, but Jordan Shearer hit a basket with a little over three minutes remaining in the quarter and the Wildcats took a 9-8 lead, they would never trail again.

The Wildcats went on a 9-3 run to close the first quarter, as Brown scored all but two points in the run to open the 18-11 lead. The lone Panther points during the run came on three of four shooting from the foul line by MacKenzie Hallstrom.

The Panthers looked as though they would get back into the game in the second quarter. After the Wildcats opened a 22-13 lead with about two and half minutes gone in the quarter, the Panthers went on a 8-3 run in the next thee and a half minutes to slice the Wildcat lead to only four points at 25-21. The Panther run was fueled by six points from Courtney Johnson and two free throws by Mader.

Shearer hit a free throw and Johnson hit another jumper to pull the Panthers to within three at 26-23, but Brown hit her only two points of the second quarter and Mandy Mulich hit a three pointer to stretch the Wildcat lead back to seven at the halftime buzzer 30-23.

The Panthers came out of the locker room after halftime and played aggressively on offense, and forcing the Wildcats to foul early in the third quarter. The Panther hit six straight free shots to fuel a 6-0 run which cut the Wildcat lead to only one point at 30-29 with just under five minutes to play in the quarter.

Marissa Mackey hit a free throw and Rachel Schmidt answered with a free throw of her own to keep the Wildcat lead a one at 31-30 with just under four minutes to play in the quarter. Shearer hit two of four free throws and the Wildcat lead stood at three at 33-30. Mackey and Hallstrom traded baskets and the Wildcats still held a three point lead with about three minutes to play in the quarter.

From there, the Wildcats went on 9-0 run to close the quarter with a 44-32 lead and keep the Panthers at arm’s length again.

The Panthers spend most of the fourth quarter shooting free throws, but could not cut into the lead. Paola hit 8 of 11 free throw in the final eight minutes to go along with three field goals, two by Johnson and one by Melanie Golubski to tally 14 points in the quarter. The Wildcats scored 15 points including five points each by Mulich and Makey.

The Panthers were led in scoring by Courtney Johnson who hit four field goals, a three pointer and five of six from the free throw line. Kylee Mader hit for ten points in the contest, including hitting four of six from the charity stripe. The Panthers, as a team hit 23 of 32 from the free throw line, as the Wildcats were whistled for 23 fouls in the contest.

Crow cooled down after here opening quarter salvo, hitting just five more points on in the contest to tally 16 points on the night. Emily Lemke and Mackey each added 10 points for the Wildcats. As a team, the ‘Cats hit 17 two point shots and five three pointers and were 10 of 21 from the free throw line.

The Wildcats will hit the road next week as they will play at St. James Academy on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 and then will travel to DeSoto for a Frontier League tilt on Friday, February 26, 2010. The Wildcats will then take part in the Sub-State Tournament which will be hosted by Osawatomie during the first week in March.

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Hallstrom

1

0

7

9

2

9

Rankin

0

0

0

0

0

0

Golubski

1

0

1

1

3

3

Farmer

0

0

0

0

2

0

Johnson

4

1

5

6

3

16

Wood

0

0

2

2

2

2

Mader

3

0

4

6

4

10

Kessler

0

0

2

4

0

2

Schmidt

1

0

1

2

0

3

Pomatto

0

0

1

0

1

1

TOTAL

10

1

23

32

17

46

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Crow

1

1

0

0

2

5

Mackey

3

1

1

3

3

10

Shearer

1

0

5

8

4

7

Mulich

2

1

1

3

3

8

Mackey

1

0

0

0

0

2

Lemke

2

2

0

1

4

10

Wertz

0

0

1

2

0

1

Brown

7

0

2

4

4

16

Houchen

0

0

0

0

0

0

Griffin

0

0

0

0

3

0

Hutchison

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

17

5

10

21

23

59

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

11

12

9

14

46

Louisburg

18

12

14

15

59

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