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Panthers girls basketball running forward

By Staff | Dec 15, 2017

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Panther guard Jordan Senger (right) tries to keep the ball away from a Hornets defender Tuesday evening. Rugby defeated Harvey-Wells County, 57-26.

Following a disappointing road loss to the Bishop Ryan Lions girls basketball team, the Rugby Panthers went on to win the Harvey – Wells County Hornets 57 26 on December 12.

The Rugby girls basketball team played the Harvey – Wells County Hornets Tuesday night to win 57 26. The action opened quickly but the Hornets could not beat the Panthers. This was the second face off this season between the two teams, Rugby winning both games.

The first half had six 3’s for a score of 24 11 at the end of the 2nd quarter.

Jen Brossart, the head coach said, “They opened with a triangle defense. We were expecting something since we won the last game, and they came out with a good defense”. She said she told the girls to “Hold tight and be patient.” The Panthers did, and then they made their move in the 3rd quarter.

In the 3rd quarter the Panthers scored 4 3’s to lead with the score 47- 21. During the fourth quarter the Panthers scored ten points and won the game 57 26. The Hornets could not touch the Panthers, although they did try and played the triangle defense well.

It was a tough basketball game Friday night, Dec 8 for the Rugby girls Panther’s team. They held on as long as possible, but finally lost in the last minute to the Minot Bishop Ryan Lions 49-46. It was a bittersweet loss because the Panthers were 4-0 before this game.

The game started in the first quarter with Lori Gronvold, a Rugby photographer almost getting trampled incidentally. The action continued with two points for the Panthers. There were plenty of fouls on both teams. The 1st quarter closed with Lions 14 and Panthers 10.

The second quarter started out with Rugby soon 13 and Lions 16. But the fouls continued, shots ricocheted off the rim, and it finished a disappointment but action packed 21-20 Rugby Panthers at half time.

A third quarter 21-21 ties was broken before Karsyn Hager scored three points and Rugby went ahead 24-21. There were more fouls, and Rugby had the score 28-25. Whitney Gronvold scored her first points of the game with a change of the score to Rugby Panthers 30 and Lions 25. Karsyn Haeger makes a free throw and it was Rugby 31 and Lions 25. The quarter ended 35-34 Rugby. It was close at the end of the 3rd quarter.

The fourth quarter opened and the Lion’s McKinlee Harmon and Panthers Hager scored, and things moved fast to put the Lions at 41-35. It was a fight to the finish, but the Lions roared and pulled it off to tie up 46 to 46 with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The lions scored two, to bring it 48- 46 and called a time out. Rugby had the ball but lost it and the game finished Lions 49, Panthers 46. Rugby faced their first loss of the season and their 4-0 record.

The Rugby Panthers play the Rolla Bulldogs girls basketball team December 19 in Rolla. It will be the first time the two teams meet this season and it should be action packed.

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