Panther girls win, boys fall in WCAC action

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Angel Poldberg screens off W-G's Grace Deputy, leaving Panorama teammate Ella Waddle with an open look at the basket during their WCAC scrap Jan. 12. Photo courtesy Vallerie Storesund.

GUTHRIE CENTER — Panorama was a 48-39 winner Friday in WCAC girls basketball over host AC/GC, but the Panther boys were not as fortunate, dropping a 58-57 contest to the homestanding Chargers.

The Panthers (11-3, 7-1) prefer a quick pace, but a tightly called game limited their ability to attack. The guests held a 13-8 lead after one frame and owned a 27-21 halftime advantage, then held off the Chargers (9-6, 7-3) down the stretch for the win.

“We battled foul trouble all game, so we had to control the ball more offensively adn keep the ball in our court,” Panorama head coach Kylee Boettcher said. “The team persevered.”

Payton Beckmand and Laci Rishel led the way, scoring 18 and 12 points, respectively. Ella Waddle had nine points, Angel Poldberg four, Gabby Welberg three, and Tyme Boettcher two.

Rishel had four assists and blocked three shots, with Poldberg adding six rebounds and a block while Waddle had five boards and Beckman three thefts.

Twelve points from Alaina Bunde led AC/GC, with EmmaKay McClain and Saige O’Brien each scoring eight points. Kylie Young had six points, Mersadez Richter three, and Sophie Daisey two.

The Panorama boys (11-3, 7-2) rallied from a 23-17 halftime deficit to close to within 35-32 entering the fourth quarter but could not quite complete the rally as AC/GC (11-3, 7-3) escaped with the win.

Panorama was a 72-64 winner when the team met in Panora Dec. 18, with the Panther girls winning their game that evening by a 67-52 margin.

Zach Rizzuti paced the Panthers with 18 points, with Dominic Walker adding 12 points and Evan Taylor 11. Brice Taylor contributed eight points, Drew Taylor six and Jared Wasson two.

Drew Taylor led the team with seven rebounds, with Walker making three assists while both Rizzuti and Evan Taylor made off with a trio of steals.

Ben March and Miles Kading had 16 points apiece to power the Charger attack. Brock Littler had nine points, Eli Kading eight, Lucas Marsh seven and Charlie Crawford two.

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