Panther boys split pair on home hardwood

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Panorama's Kolby Shackelford drives to the basket as W-G's Noah Hoyt defends during their WCAC battle Jan. 8. The two teams could meet in the second round of the postseason, as both have been placed in same district.

PANORA — The Panorama boys cagers overcame a tough non-conference loss Thursday to wallop their WCAC foe Friday.

IKM-Manning rallied to stun Panorama, 46-42, Thursday, but the home team prevailed in huge fashion Friday with an 89-11 thumping of West Central Valley.

Panorama led, 35-6, after one frame against WCV and expanded the gulf to 56-9 at the break. Reserves played large chunks of time for head coach Nick Peasley, with the score moving to 67-11 after three periods. WCV did not score in the four quarter, with the hosts adding 22 points to their total.

Gracen Welberg had 23 points and Zach Rizzuti 19, with Jared Wasson adding 13 points. Jackson Carstens had nine points, Jack Weinkoetz eight and Kolby Shackelford seven, with six points form Preston Walker and two apiece from Dominic Walker and Lucas Leiferman capped the scoring.

Panorama finished the game with 29 steals and distributed 26 assists on 40 made baskets, only one of which was a 3-pointer.

The Panthers trailed the Wolves, 8-7, after one quarter of play Thursday, but the hosts used a 21-6 second quarter spurt to seize a 28-14 halftime lead. IKM-Manning returned the favor with an 18-4 third frame, erasing a 14-point deficit and tying the game at 32-all.

A 14-10 edge over the final eight minutes allowed the Wolves to sneak off with the victory.

Welberg had 22 points, Shackelford 12 and Rizzuti eight as they were the only three Panthers to score. Malachi Peasley provided five assists and four steals, with Welberg making five thefts while Rizzuti had three assists.

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