Panorama girls top AC/GC, drop road tilt to Harlan

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Panorama junior Payton Beckman is framed by assistant coach Amy Dahlhauser (left) and head coach Kylee Boettcher after Friday's game with AC/GC. Beckman set single-game school records for points and 3-pointers in the Panther win. Photo submitted.

HARLAN — Class 4A No. 12 Harlan survived a strong first half from 3A 12th-rated Panorama to post a 61-47 win in non-conference girls basketball Monday.

The loss for the Panthers came after a 67-52 win over visiting AC/GC Friday, a contest that saw two school records fall.

Panorama (6-2) held a 13-11 lead over Harlan (6-2) before the Cyclones used a 19-11 second quarter to enter the break with a 30-24 lead. The hosts widened their margin to 47-34 at the end of the third quarter and held on from there.

The Panthers struggled from the field, sinking only 31.4 percent of their shots. They made 9-of-16 free throws, with Harlan sinking 14-of-19 at the line. The Cyclone defense was strong throughout, with the hosts blocking eight shots.

Laci Rishel had 10 points and both Angel Poldberg and Payton Beckman nine each. Jaidyn Sellers provided eight points, Ella Waddle six, and Shey Storesund five. Rishel hit three 3-pointers, made four assists and had five steals, with Waddle sinking two treys, grabbing six boards and making three assists. Storesund had seven caroms, and Sellers five boards and three thefts.

Macie Leinen led Harlan with 13 points, with Jocelyn Cheek and Brecken Van Baale 12 each and Raegen Wicks eight. Caitlyn Leinen had seven points, Claire Schmitz six, and Ashley Hall three.

Beckman set two new Panorama school records in Friday’s win. Her 36 points is a new all-time single-game scoring record, surpassing the 34 scored by older sister Bailey in 2019 and the 33 scored by current head coach Kylee Heiland-Boettcher in 1997. She drained eight 3-pointers, topping the old mark of seven, held by Devyn Kemble (2016) and Ashley Reynolds (1995).

Panorama was off to leads of 20-8 and of 37-13 after each of the first two quarters. AC/GC closed slightly, to within 46-28, after three frames, but the hosts had control and eased to the win.

Ella Waddle and Rishel each had eight points, with Mia Waddle scoring six. Storesund added five points and Poldberg four to cap the scoring.

The Panthers made good on 10-of-26 3-pointers, with Beckman hitting 8-of-16.

Kylie Young had 21 points, Emma Kay McClain 11 and Alaina Backe 10 to pace the Chargers.

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