Lady Panthers prevail over Stars
Rugby Panther girls basketball got its 12th win overall and fourth district win on the season Tuesday in a 59-49 road victory over the Bottineau Stars.
The Stars struck first in the game and held a 19-17 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Panthers took the lead inside of two minutes remaining in the first half, however the Stars would net eight three-pointers on the night to stay in the game.
“They shot the ball really well,” Panthers head coach Jen Brossart said of the Stars. “They’re home court, big crowd, they can feed off it. I thought our girls did well, they handled it well, they didn’t falter, they didn’t stutter. I thought they played fairly decent. This was a good game for us to have before we hit the beefy part of our schedule.”
With 1:47 left in the second quarter, Mykell Heidlebaugh (21 points on the night) would hit a critical three-pointer that allowed the Panthers to turn the tables and get a 30-28 lead for the first time on the night. The Panthers would then outscore the Stars 4-1 for the scoreboard to read 34-29 in the Panthers’ favor at halftime.
The Panthers opened the third quarter on a 6-3 run – four of them coming from Bella McCabe (8) in a span of 23 seconds. The Panthers held the Stars to eight points on the quarter, six of them from outside the arc.
Both squads each netted 12 points in the final act.
In the latest polling from the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association, the Panthers ranked third – behind Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich. The next opponent down the pipe is a team that received votes in Monday’s poll.
The Panther girls play Carrington today in a home doubleheader with the boys. The varsity girls will play at 4:30 p.m. with the varsity boys following. The girls will also host Nedrose on Monday.