Fresh off a 70-56 win against the Towner-Granville-Upham Titans, the Rugby Panthers' boys basketball team had the lead for two of four quarters in a boys/girls double-header against the Lewis & Clark-Berthold Bombers last week at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
The Panther boys lost, 57-50.
The no.10-ranked girls who lost to No. 6-ranked Velva-Sawyer 54-26 two days prior meanwhile were able to get a 46-39 win with help from a 14-0 run in the second quarter in an otherwise off-game evening.
Rugby's Madison Uhlenkamp tries to steal the ball from Berthold's Corina Pabian (white, no. 14). The Panthers defeated the Bombers, 46-39.
"We didn't box out at all," said Panther girls head coach Jen Brossart. "[Berthold] got any second chance look and crashed the board offensively. That's something we got to correct in short order.
In girls action the Bombers got an early lead thanks to a three-pointer from guard Abby Simons (13 points on the night). A layup from forward Madison Uhlenkamp (14 points on the night) got the Panthers on the board seconds later. After a layup from Bombers' center Kari Fritel (13 points on the night), Panther guard Maria Blessum (3 points) tied things up with six minutes to go in the first quarter. The Panthers took their first lead of the evening on a second make from Uhlenkamp.
Missed buckets as well as the turnover bug loomed for nearly three minutes into the second quarter until Fritel got the Bombers on the board first at the 5:06 mark, tying the game at 13-13. The Panthers then went on a 14-point scoring run, six of them coming from outside shooting forward Karsyn Hager (13 points on the night).
Last minute three-pointers from Simons and fellow guard Corina Pabian put the Bombers down by eight at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Panthers and Bombers were almost neck and neck in scoring, with both teams getting 13 points apiece, three of them from outside makes. The Bombers outscored the Panthers, 7-6, in the fourth quarter.
"We knew Rugby was good, they have some height," said Bomber girls head coach Kayla Lambrecht. "We were just going to come out, try to limit [Rugby's] rebounds and see what else they have."
The Panther girls played the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers at home on Monday evening and No. 1-ranked North Star on Thursday. The next action for the girls is the District 11 tournament Feb. 9-11 in Bottineau.
The boys' game started in similar fashion, with the Bombers getting on the board first.
"When you play Rugby, you know they're going to defend," said Bomber boys head coach Chris Brown. "They're really well-coached and they defend hard. I thought they did a good job of dictating tempo for most of the game."
The Panthers were unable to get on the board for more than a minute, with Anders Johnson getting on board for two. Then Bombers guard Cody Hamilton drilled one from downtown. The Panthers were able to get the lead back briefly on a layup from senior forward Dillon Marco in the final seconds.
The Panthers were also unable to play the zone defense they wanted to play.
Bombers guard Alex Nelson then put his squad back up to start the second quarter with a long three-pointer. Panthers' freshman forward Trace Goven tied things up 12-12 with his second bucket of the night, and 16-16 with his third. The Panthers would get the lead back on a three-point make from senior guard Anders Johnson.
The Bombers would then take the lead back again with a layup and a 2-for-2 trip to the charity stripe for forward Garrett Hanson who was 13-for-16 from there on the night.
The Panthers stole the lead back again on their opening drive of the second half with a three-pointer from junior guard Landen Foster. Johnson would get his second three of the night seconds later. The Panthers would go on to score seven more points in the third quarter for a four-point lead at the end.
Hanson would go on to score 16 points for the Bombers in the fourth quarter, along with a second three-pointer for Hamilton.
"I thought the fourth quarter, [when] we got outscored 24-13, we stopped pushing the ball and making extra passes for the open shot and that kind of killed us tonight," said Panther boys head coach Mike Santjer.
The Panthers played in Velva on Tuesday and won, 62-51, against the Velva-Sawyer Aggies.
The Panthers hosted the Drake-Anamoose Raiders on Friday and will be on the road Feb. 7 to play the No. 1-ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians.