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Gardner overwhelms Panthers 78-35

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Hallstrom

1

0

3

6

5

5

Rankin

0

0

1

1

0

1

Golubski

1

0

3

4

1

5

Farmer

0

0

0

0

0

0

Johnson

2

0

4

5

3

8

Wood

0

1

2

2

0

2

Mader

3

0

1

2

4

7

Kessler

1

0

0

0

1

2

Schmidt

0

0

0

0

2

0

Pomatto

1

0

3

4

0

5

TOTAL

9

0

17

24

16

35

BOX SCORE

PLAYER

2's

3's

ftm

fta

F

pts

Reindl-Boden

4

0

2

2

2

10

Mullins

2

4

2

2

0

18

Walker

0

0

2

3

2

2

Devlin

3

1

1

2

3

10

Wait

3

0

5

6

2

11

Bilhimer

4

1

0

0

1

11

Parks

0

0

2

2

3

2

Plank

2

0

0

1

2

4

Brice

2

0

0

0

3

4

Chaney

1

0

0

0

2

2

Porter

2

0

0

0

0

4

TOTAL

23

6

14

18

20

78

BOX SCORE

Team

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

F

Paola

11

11

6

7

35

Gardner

17

28

15

18

78

SCORE BY QUARTERS
Players

The Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers are moving out of the Frontier League next year, moving up in the world to take on the big boys in the East Kansas League, and while it marks the end of an era, as the Blazers and Panthers have been league foes for five decades or so in the Frontier League and its predecessor, the old Pioneer League, it couldn’t come too soon for Paola fans, especially if they knew they were going to be forced to witness many more 40 point blow outs at the hands of the Gardner squad.

WLH0567 Granted, last year, this game decided the Frontier League, and for the Paola Panther Girls team, meant the end of a 19 game winning streak, as the Blazers nipped Paola in Gardner just before the sub state tournament. This year though, it’s a different story.

The Paola girls, while they play hard, and try hard, are just no match for the athleticism of the Trailblazers, and it showed on Friday, February 26, 2010 on senior night at Paola High School.

This one was close too . . . for the better part of the first quarter, then the Trailblazers took over, and when the smoke had cleared, the Panthers were on the short end of a 78-35 thrashing. It was a not so pretty end to the careers of four mainstays of the Panther program for the past four years.

The Panthers bid farewell to seniors Kylee Mader, daughter of Jeff and Gayla Mader; Ann Pomotto, daughter of John and Teresa Pomotto; Rachel Schmidt, daughter of Karl and Emily Schmidt; and Allison Wood, daughter of Rich and Sally Wood.

WLH0570 “I wish we could have given the seniors a better going away present than that,” said Panthers Head Coach Stuart Ross. “But overall, I was happy with the game, I felt we played better than the first game against them, we played more people and had more quality minutes than we did at Gardner.”

This one wasn’t pretty, at least after the first five minutes or so, as the Panthers actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the strength of two free throws by Wood and a basket by Pomotto, who drew her first starting assignment in her final home game. Mader kept the Panthers ahead by four as she hit a basket a short time later to give the Panthers a 6-2 lead. Pomatto put Paola back in front at 8-6, giving the seniors all eight points up to that point.

The Trailblazers took the lead for good on back to back baskets by Kiley Reindl-Boden, and it was downhill from there for the Panthers. MacKenzie Hallstrom had a chance to tie the game with free throws with three and a half minutes to play in the first quarter, but made just one of two, breaking a string of five straight free throw makes for the Panthers, and then had another chance to give the Panthers the lead again a half a minute later, but missed both ends of a two shot foul situation, and with three minutes to play in the quarter the Panthers trailed by one at 10-9.

WLH0609 It was about at this point when Allison Wood went down with an apparent knee injury and did not return to the game. The Panthers senior received treatment and remained on the bench to support her teammates.

“Allison went right back to the bench,” Ross said. “That just goes to show you just how unselfish she and all the seniors on this team are.”

The Blazers started to pull away at that point, closing the quarter on a 7-2 run, the last points coming on an Isabella Mullins three pointer with less than ten seconds on the clock.

Things went from bad to worse for the Panthers in the second quarter. With their most consistent, but unsung, rebounder and inside presence on the bench with an ice pack on her knee, the middle of the floor started to open up for Gardner. Combine that with a pressing defense and a hot shooting touch (the Blazers were 5/5 from three point range in the first half), and it all adds up to a 28-11 second quarter for Gardner and a 45-19 halftime lead.

The second half was more of the same, as the Trailblazers continued to flex their muscles, pushing the lead to 30 points with about three and a half minutes to play in the third quarter at 58-28, and finally 40 points with time running out in the game at 76-35 and the final 43 point margin at 78-35.

WLH0620 Courtney Johnson led the Panthers in scoring with eight points as no Paola player hit for double figures. All four seniors started the game, and three of the four put points on the board in their final home game for the Panthers. Kylee Mader was the top scorer for the seniors with seven, Ann Pomatto hit for five and Allison Wood hit two free throws before her injury. Only Emily Schmidt did not crack the scoring column in her final game as a Panther.

“Those are all quality kids,” said Ross, when talking about his four seniors. “I hope my daughter grows up to be just like every one of them.”

Not surprisingly, the Trailblazers put five players in double figures and had 10 players score points in the game. Mullins led all scorers with 18 points, Cassie Wait and Ashlee Bilhimer each hit for 11 points and Kari Devlin and Reindl-Boden each added 10.

The Panthers next action is Monday night, March 1, 2010 as they travel to Fort Scott to take on the Tigers in the first round of the sub-state tournament. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the Spring Hill vs Osawatomie game on Thursday, March 4, in Osawatomie.

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