Lady Panthers Defeat Sioux
The Rugby High School girls basketball team won its second District 11 matchup last week at home.
The No. 2-ranked Panthers defeated the Westhope-Newburg Sioux, 73-34.
The Panthers held the Sioux to just one point in the first quarter, which came from freshman guard Abigail Jiles. Jiles led the Sioux in scoring, adding nine points in the second quarter and 12 in the third.
“Abbie Jiles is a phenomenal ball player,” said Panthers head coach Jen Brossart. “She’s fun to watch and she’s tough as nails to defend.”
Senior guard Ashley Schmaltz got things started for the Panthers, but it was sophomore Maddie Uhlenkamp who took the lead, scoring 17 points on the night.
“I think coming in we just let [Rugby] get into our heads,” said Sioux head coach Alonzo Jiles. “We knew we were playing the number-two-team in the state. They would be tough and I think that kind intimidated our girls from the outset. We didn’t play with the kind of energy we normally play with.”
As the Panthers prepare for districts, Brossart said controlling the tempo of games going forward would be the key.
“We want to make sure that we’re the aggressor. We want to make sure we’re getting some secondary transition buckets,” Brossart said. “I thought tonight we might’ve been a little too hasty with a few of them, looking for something that wasn’t there. Once we get down in the half-court offense we got to be a bit more patient as well.”
The Panthers faced fellow district competitors Drake-Anamoose on Monday in Drake, and Sawyer at home on Thursday. On Tuesday, starting at 5:45 p.m., the Panthers face Rolette-Wolford in a non-district home matchup. The Panthers face the Bottineau Stars, a District 11 opponent, Friday, Jan. 22, in Bottineau starting at 4:15 p.m.
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