Panthers girls basketball bounces back with 3 victories
The No. 11 ranked Panorama girls basketball team responded with three straight wins after suffering their first and only loss of the season against Des Moines Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
The Panthers fell to the visiting Lions 50-39. They answered with wins over West Central Valley, 56-34, at home on Friday, Jan. 13, during the team’s Pink Out Night. They then topped Nodaway Valley in a Saturday afternoon contest in Panora, Jan. 14, by score of 51-34. Returning to conference play on Tuesday in Earlham, the Panthers downed the Cardinals, 74-40.
“I liked how the team responded,” Panorama head coach Dan Druivenga said. “After getting beat, they came out and worked hard and got better.”
Druivenga said his team continues to work toward putting an entire game together.
“We played good defense against West Central Valley and Nodaway Valley, but the offense was off a little,” he said. “At Earlham, the offense played well, but the defense struggled a little. Someday, we will put it together.”
Panorama (12-1 overall) travels west to Guthrie Center to face the AC/GC Chargers on Friday, Jan. 20. The Panthers won the first meeting between the two schools on Dec. 9, 55-20.
DES MOINES CHRISTIAN
Panorama dug themselves a 26-18 deficit at the halftime break and couldn’t recover, suffering their first loss of the season to Des Moines Christian in Panora on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Panthers were 11 of 39 (28 percent) shooting from the field, including just 2 of 9 from the three-point line. They were 15 of 23 from the foul line. Devyn Kemble scored 16 points for the Panthers and snagged five steals. Bailey Beckman chipped in eight points and Morgan Johnk added seven points and eight boards. Both Kellie Prince and Faith Powell had four points and the pair combined for six rebounds and two steals.
WEST CENTRAL VALLEY
Panorama used a fast start and cruised to a 56-34 win over West Central Valley on Friday night. The Panthers collected 19 steals behind an aggressive defense, passed out 16 assists as a team, and shot 44 percent from the floor. Sophomore Bailey Beckman poured in 14 points, while sophomore Morgan Johnk and junior Faith Powell added 11 each for the Panthers. Johnk and Powell both scored five points in the opening quarter as the Panthers raced out to a 12-4 lead. Beckman scored back-to-back lay-ups, one off a nice steal and feed from Kellie Prince, and then dished a headsup pass to Powell who scored the easy layup as the Panthers pushed out to a 25-10 halftime lead. The Panthers continued to apply defensive pressure in the third quarter, extending their lead to 31-15 after Powell scored her fifth steal. Beckman then scored six straight for the Panthers who were on top 39-23 entering the fourth frame. Kemble scored four straight to open the fourth quarter and the Panthers went on a 9-0 run late as they rolled to the victory. The Panthers were 44 percent from the floor on 23 of 52 shooting. They were just 9 of 14 from the foul line. Johnk pulled down a teamhigh five rebounds. Taylor Rishel cleared three boards. Beckman and Powell both dished three assists. Powell had five thefts and Prince four steals.
Panorama held Nodaway Valley scoreless in the opening quarter and continued to cruise in a 51-34 win over the Wolverines at home on Saturday afternoon. Bailey Beckman splashed two HOOPS FROM Page 1B three-pointers and made all six of her foul line shots to finish with 22 points in leading the Panthers. The sophomore guard added seven rebounds and seven steals to a strong afternoon on the court. Morgan Johnk chipped in 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds and two blocked shots. Devyn Kemble had nine points and five rebounds and Faith Powell four points, eight assists, and three steals. The Panthers were 18 of 49 (37 percent) from the floor, hitting 5 of 16 from the three-point line. They were 10 of 10 at the charity stripe.
Panorama improved to 12-1 with a 74-40 win at Earlham on Tuesday night. The Panthers built a 42-21 lead at the break, out-scoring the hosts 23-10 in the second quarter.