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Panther girls defeat Titans, 53-20

By Staff | Jan 10, 2020

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Rugby’s Gabriella Sullivan (center) tries to steal the ball from a T-G-U player.

The Panther girls got a District 11 basketball win in a road game Tuesday, defeating the Towner-Granville-Upham Titans 53-20 in Towner.

Turnovers and missed buckets plagued the Titans, whose sole scoring in the first half came from Jaidyn Brummond.

The Panthers got out to a 4-0 start in less than one minute of play. After a single bucket from Brummond, the Panthers widened the gap with 19 unanswered points to end the first quarter with a 23-2 lead.

The first quarter also saw the brief return of Sarah Blessum, who sat out the previous game. Blessum had been taken via ambulance to Trinity Hospital after a fall during a game against Flasher in Minot and had been evaluated under concussion protocols.

“I think it was huge for [us] to get her back as quickly as we did,” said Panthers head coach Jen Brossart of Blessum’s return. “She went through a concussion protocol, she did some exercises, she did some training to get everything back, and she completely passed everything. So we got her a little bit of action tonight, we just wanted to get her feet wet again and we’ll look towards Westhope and see if we can’t get her feet wet a little more.”

Blessum contributed two points in the Panthers’ run.

The Panthers’ run continued into the early minutes of the next quarter, with Bella McCabe, Gabriella Sullivan and Brooke Anderson each chipping in. Brummond would then get two of her three points on the quarter from a successful trip to the foul line.

After that, the Panthers would get seven more points before Brummond would be sent to the line again, and that time it would be for a 1-for-2 trip with less than two minutes in the half.

Anderson and Riley Grove added six more points on the board to put the Panthers ahead 41-5 at halftime.

The third quarter would see the Titans more than double their scoring output from the previous half, as Brummond would score nine points to get into double-digit figures, and Neeleigh Wollenzien and Cheyanne Lunde would each get a bucket for points in the contest.

The Panthers would see two of their own, Brooke Blessum and Mykell Heidlebaugh enter double digits in the third quarter – the former landing a shot from outside, and the latter getting a 2-for-2 trip at the foul line and a bucket two minutes later.

The fourth quarter would see Anderson score all three of the Panthers’ points on the quarter with a bucket and a 1-for-2 trip to line inside of two minutes. Brummond was the sole scorer of the quarter for the Titans with a bucket scored at just over five minutes left in regulation. The final score was 53-20 in favor of the Panthers.

With the win on Tuesday, the Panthers move to 9-0 overall.

District play continued Friday, when the Panthers hosted the Westhope-Newburg Sioux. The Panthers face another district opponent Monday in a road game against the Drake-Anamoose Raiders.

Rank advances after home win

The Panthers advanced in the latest N.D. Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association poll-sitting at sixth as of Monday – after running the floor in a home game against the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks days earlier.

The Mavericks briefly had a 4-2 lead over the Panthers in the first quarter. However the Panthers took the lead back in a 9-2 run

The Panthers widened the gap in the second quarter, scoring 14 more points while holding the Mavericks to just six.

The third quarter was a similar story, with the Panthers holding the Mavericks to just six points scored on the quarter while also scoring 10 more.

The fourth quarter would see a slightly different result, with both teams scoring nine points apiece.

The night would see Heidlebaugh, Brooke Blessum, Tesha Sobolik and Bella McCabe each hit double-digit figures in scoring for the Panthers, while for the Mavericks the only one to hit double digits was Leah Feland.

“I think our defense played outstanding on Friday night,” said Brossart. “I thought they held up [the Mavericks’] big guns Feland and [Allison] Undlin to single digits, almost single digits for Feland, but I thought overall they did a great job and the rest of the girls followed.”

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