Capturing state semifinal run for Panorama girls

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The Panorama players, coaches and team managers pose with their Class 2A Semifinalist trophy Friday after bowing out to top-ranked Dike-New Hartford, who defended their 2021 title by winning in the finals Saturday. The Panthers set a school record for wins in a season by finishing 25-2. Photo courtesy Mallory Quick.

DES MOINES — The 2021-2022 girls basketball season will go down in Panorama school history as the most successful yet among many strong campaigns, as the Panthers finished with a school-best 25-2 record.

Panorama was defeated Friday in the Class 2A semifinals. They fell to defending champion Dike-New Hartford, who won their second consecutive crown with a win over Central Lyon Saturday.

The Panthers had advanced with a quarterfinal win over Iowa City Regina Tuesday.

Four seniors — Payton Beckman, Laci Rishel, Angel Poldberg and Gabby Wellburg — played their final prep contests on the hardwood Friday.

The foursome produced the most successful four-year run for a Panther girls team. They reached three consecutive regional finals before finally breaching the barrier and reaching the state tourney in their last campaign. The team was a combined 86-15 (.851) overall and were an equally powerful 56-4 (.933) in WCAC play.

Beckman was chosen Saturday for the Class 2A All-Tournament team, capping a career that includes numerous school records.

The Panthers were coached by Kylee Boettcher, who is now 64-13 overall and 42-3 in conference games after three years at the helm.

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