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Panther Girls Defeat Mavericks

By Staff | Feb 5, 2016

Rugby's Shea Heidlebaugh is guarded in the paint by MLS forward Rachel Mack (no. 32-white). The Panthers defeated the Mavericks, 63-18, last weekend in Minot.

“Our defense breeds our offense.”

Panthers head coach Jen Brossart’s words hung true last weekend, as Rugby defense set the pace in a 63-18 victory over the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks at Our Redeemer’s Class B day.

“Their picks made us play at a speed that we [couldn’t] play off of,” said Mavericks head coach Wayne Brackenbury. “Everybody wants to play a fast-paced game of basketball. There are some teams that can play at fast pace and we’re not at that level yet.

The Mavericks shot first with junior center Macy Feland putting two up on the board. The Panthers struck back with senior guard Shea Heidlebaugh from outside for three.

The Mavericks were bitten by the turnover bug early in the first half, and the Panthers were able to take advantage.

“They [the Panthers] had a lot of layups and they shot properly. You can’t give up layups in this game.”

The Mavericks were held to single digit scoring all 32 minutes, scoring 4 points in the first and second quarters, 8 in the third and 2 in the fourth. The Panthers had 17 in the first, 19 in the second, 16 in the third and 11 in the fourth.

Two days’ prior saw the Panthers come from behind in an up-and-down first half to overtake the Velva Aggies and remain undefeated in District 11.

Aggies junior guard Adrianna Kittleson put up the first point of the game from the charity stripe, with Heidlebaugh sinking a 3-pointer to respond. Freshman guard Hope Brewer tied things up at the 6:59 mark. Heidlebaugh then briefly retook the lead for the Panthers. Freshman forward Rachel Mack twice the lead back again from inside, and junior guard Jonnah Lee’s 3-pointer in the final seconds led to a 14-10 lead for the Aggies at the end of the first quarter.

The Panthers found their footing from outside in the second quarter with freshman forward Karsyn Hager shooting for 3 at the 6:40 mark, and Heidlebaugh taking the lead back at the 2:15 mark from outside. The Panthers ended the first half with a 26-22 lead and held on for a 51-36 victory.

The Panther girls played their last game of the regular season at home against North Star. District 11 tournament action begins Thursday, Feb. 11 at Charles Hanneman Gymnasium.

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