Overtime Thriller: No. 9 Panthers knock off No. 6 Van Meter in girls basketball

Panorama sophomore guard Bailey Beckman drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at the end of regulation, and the ninth-ranked Panthers went on to knock-off sixth-ranked Van Meter 59-51 on January 23.

“It was a good game,” Panorama head coach Dan Druivenga said. “Free throws were the difference. I liked how the girls didn’t panic anytime throughout the game, especially in the fourth quarter.”

The Panthers rallied from a sixpoint deficit midway through the fourth quarter and took their first lead of the game with just under three minutes to go in regulation. They scored six of the first nine points in the extra frame and were able to knock down free throws down the stretch, outscoring the Bulldogs 11-3 in overtime.

The Panthers' ability to get to the foul line was key in the victory as they splashed 20 of 22 free throws. Van Meter went to the foul line five times and made three. Van Meter held leads of 14-12, 29-23 and 39-36 at the conclusion of the first three quarters. Beckman finished with 20 points to lead the Panthers, including a 12 of 14 effort at the free throw line. She also pulled down six rebounds and snagged four steals. Morgan Johnk added 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Hope Wilderman had 10 points, two boards and two steals. Both Devyn Kemble and Faith Powell tossed in six points. Powell had six boards and Kemble two boards and three assists. The Panthers were 17 of 39 from the floor, including 5 of 17 from the three-point line.

“It was a good test against a very good team,” Druivenga said. 

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Devyn Kemble splashed four triples and finished with a game high 25 points to lift Panorama to a 61-34 win over Adair-Casey/ Guthrie Center on Friday, January 20. Faith Powell added 12 points and eight rebounds and Bailey Beckman 10 points, six assists and seven steals for the Panthers. Panorama came out of the gates quickly, building a 23-8 lead after the opening quarter. They went to the halftime break ahead 35-16. The Panthers were 18 of 55 from the floor, including 6 of 26 from the three-point line. They made 19 of 25 free throws. Johnk pulled down a team high 11 rebounds as the team collected 41 boards. 

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Panorama had a balanced offense and strong defense for a 56-35 win over Madrid at home on Tuesday, January 24. Devyn Kemble scored 15 points to lead three players in double figures for the Panthers. Faith Powell added 14 points and Morgan Johnk 11. Bailey Beckman and Hope Wilderman added to the balance with six points each. Johnk cleared eight rebounds for the Panthers, while Wilderman pulled down six and Beckman five. Kemble and Powell both pulled down four. The Panthers shared the ball with Beckman, Wilderman, Johnk and Kemble each registering two assists. Powell snagged four steals and Kemble had three thefts. The Panthers were 24 of 57 (42 percent) shooting, hitting 2 of 10 from long-range and 6 of 9 foul line shots. Panorama held leads of 18- 10, 35-17, and 50-27. 

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