Panthers boys top Tigers in OT after girls waltz to win


MADRID — Remaining undefeated after five games apiece, the Panorama boys and girls basketball teams departed Madrid Friday with a pair of very different victories.

The Panther girls (5-0, 3-0) had no trouble in blasting the Tigers (1-5, 0-1), 53-17, but the Panorama boys (5-0, 3-0) had to fend off a furious rally for a suddenly red-shot Madrid (2-3, 0-2) squad to escape with a 58-57 overtime victory.

Madrid opened a 12-2 lead in the nightcap, with a 21-6 second quarter powering Panorama into a 23-18 halftime lead. The Panther boys led, 35-27, entering the fourth quarter, but the Tigers drained several 3-pointers to force extra time with the game tied at 49-all.

Panorama quickly took charge of the bonus period and led by four points in the last minute, with a hectic trey finding the bottom of the net in the last second to provide the final margin.

The guests held a decided advantage at the free throw line, sinking 21-of-35 while the hosts made good on 10-of-13 attempts. Madrid connected on 7-of-17 3-pointers, with Panorama hitting just 1-of-10.

Lucas Leiferman led the Panthers with 21 points while adding six assists and three steals. Drew Taylor had 10 points and five rebounds and Dominic Walker nine points and five boards. Brice Taylor and Zach Rizzuti each tallied six points, with Evan Taylor adding four points and Preston Walker two. Evan Taylor led the team with six caroms.

Kadyn Severson and Cayden Fuson each scored 14 points to lead Madrid. Brendyn Taylor had nine points, Brady Leonard eight, and Gabe Petersen and Marcus Moore six apiece. Petersen had eight rebounds and Fuson six, with Taylor contributing five assists.

The Class 3A No. 6 Panther girls survived a poor shooting night by strangling the Tiger offense. Panorama drained just 3-of-16 3-pointers and only 10-of-20 free throws but were never threatened.

“We continue to work on finding our team rhythm,” Panorama head coach Kylee Boettcher said. “Each night we focus on various aspects of the game and hone our skills. We are establishing our style of play and each girl is finding her role.”

The visitors held leads of 15-2 and of 27-12 after each of the first two quarters. They led, 41-14, as the fourth frame began.

Payton Beckman had 13 points, Laci Rishel 12 and Angel Poldberg 10 for the Panthers. Ella Waddle had six points and Shey Storesund five, with Mia Waddle adding three points and Tyme Boettcher and Jaidyn Sellers two each.

Rishel had seven rebounds and three assists, Poldberg eight rebounds and six steals, and Ella Waddle six thefts and three assists.

Josie Springer had six points and Macy Gibbons five for the home team. Two points apiece from Claire Knudsen, Lily Ostert, and Erin Schieltz completed the scoring.

Panorama visits Van Meter Tuesday and hosts AC/GC Friday. Both the Panther boys and girls will end their pre-holiday slate by hosting Ogden Dec. 22, but the Panorama girls have rescheduled a game from earlier this season and will send the JV/varsity teams to Harlan Dec. 21.


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