PANORA — Visiting AC/GC scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to just 10 for Panorama, forcing Thursday’s Class 2A District 15 Semifinal into overtime, the teams tied at 42-all.
However, the Panthers then turned the table on their guests, outscoring the Chargers, 14-10, in the extra four minutes to claim a 56-52 victory.
The win sends Panorama (18-4) into Tuesday’s District Final with Van Meter (15-6), who defeated Central Decatur (13-8), 64-43, to advance. Van Meter was a 54-45 victor, on their home floor, when Panorama faced them Dec. 15, the only meeting for the two WCAC teams this season. Tuesday’s game will be played at ADM and will begin at 7 p.m.
AHSTW (20-2) faces Treynor (18-4) in the District 16 Final. The two victors will meet, in Atlantic, at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 for the right to play in the state tournament.
Thursday’s battle was the rubber-match between the two rivals. Separated by less than 10 miles, the gap between the two teams was equally as close this year, with Panorama winning 72-64 and AC/GC 58-57, each victorious on their own hardwood.
Panorama opened fast and led, 15-5, after one quarter. AC/GC responded with a 17-6 second period to enter the locker room holding a 22-21 lead, the the Panthers flipping the script again to being the final frame leading, 32-28.
AC/GC then managed to knot the score and force extra play, where Panorama pulled away just enough for the win.
Panorama attempted only six 3-pointers in the game, but sank two, while AC/GC launched an amazing 37 treys, landing only eight. The big discrepancy came at the foul line, where the Panthers (18-of-31) finished with a decided advantage over the Chargers (6-of-12).
Dominic Walker led the Panthers with 16 points, with both Evan and Drew Taylor adding 13 points apiece. Brice Taylor had six points and Zach Rizzuti four, with Lucas Leiferman and Preston Walker adding two points apiece.
Drew Taylor had 11 rebounds, with Evan Taylor adding eight boards and four steals, Dominic Walker eight caroms and five assists, and Brice Taylor three assists.
Miles Kading led all scorers with 23 points for the Chargers. Lucas Marsh had seven points and Ben Marsh and Eli Kading six apiece, with Charlie Crawford scoring four points while Newell Rogers and Brock Littler had three points apiece.