Panther cagers take two from host Wildcats

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Panorama's Zach Rizzuti takes the ball along the baseline against W-G's Kaya Bowlsby Jan. 8.


STUART — Panorama made it a season sweep in both boys and girls basketball over West Central Valley Tuesday after defeating the hosts Wildcats on both ends of a WCAC twin bill.

The seventh-ranked Panther girls (18-1, 13-1) were 65-26 winners, with the Panorama boys (10-9, 8-7) posting a 70-31 victory. Panorama had run past WCV 62-30 in the girls game and 89-11 in the boys meeting held Jan. 4.

Panorama raced to a 23-7 lead after one frame in the boys contest, with WCV (2-17, 0-15) falling into a 39-15 hole at the half. The third quarter saw the Panthers widen their lead to 53-22 en route to the lopsided win.

Gracen Welberg led the guests with 16 points and six rebounds, with reserve Jack Weinkoetz stepping up by providing 14 points, four boards and two blocked shots.

Kolby Shackelford had nine points, Zach Rizzuti eight and Jared Wasson six, with Dominic Walker and Lucas Leiferman tallying four points apiece. Three points from Trent Hambleton and two each from Drew Taylor, Evan Taylor and Jackson Carson capping the offense.

Statistical information from WCV was not made available.

The Panther girls put their game away early, opening leads of 19-7 and of 33-15 after each of the first two quarters. A dominating third quarter turned the game into a runaway as Panorama outscored WCV (4-15, 1-13) 25-3 to push the score to 58-18.

Bailey Beckman led Panorama with 21 points, with Morgan Johnk scoring 13 points and Payton Beckman 11. Brooke Halterman recorded six points, Vallerie Storesund five and Lydia Knapp three, with Ella Waddle, Shey Storesund and Angel Poldberg two points apiece.

Johnk filled the stat line by finishing with five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a pair of steals. Halterman had three assists and two rejections, with Knapp pulling down five caroms.

Madelyn Jaeger led WCV with 10 points, Sydney Neal had six points, Joelle Grubbs five, Michaela Jaeger three and Presley Pivonka two. Michaela Jaeger, Pivonka and Grubbs had four rebounds apiece, with Neal making three steals.

Panorama will visit Martensdale-St. Marys tonight in a game postponed from Thursday, with the Panther boys facing host Ogden at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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