Panthers start week with road sweeps of Rams, Tigers

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Gabby Wellburg (52) of Panorama would win the battle for this rebound at Madrid Tuesday. Fellow Panthers Arilyan Steenblock (43), Faith Recker (13) and Zoey Hambleton (5) also crowd the lane. Photo courtesy Mallory Quick.


MADRID, Iowa — Panorama won both ends of twinbills Monday and Tuesday, leaving Jefferson and then Madrid with two victories at each site.

Ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, Panorama (13-0, 9-0) was a 69-14 winner over Madrid (0-11, 0-7) Tuesday after the Panthers blasted Greene County (1-10), 68-15, Monday in non-conference play.

Panorama (8-4, 6-2) avenged a 57-54 home loss to Madrid Dec. 3 with a 69-63 win in Tuesday’s second outing against the Tigers (8-4, 6-3). The Panthers had defeated the Rams (5-6), 64-46, the day prior.

The Panther girls held a 49-7 halftime lead over the Tigers Tuesday and played reserves throughout the second half.

Payton Beckman knocked down six 3-pointers and finished 6-of-6 at the foul line to pour in 30 points, with Laci Rishel adding a trio of treys and 3-of-4 free throws as part of a 14-point effort.

Zoey Hambleton had 11 points, Mia Waddle six, Gabby Wellburg four, Angel Poldberg two and Jazmyn Sellers two for the guests.

The halftime lead for Panorama Monday as 41-18, with Beckman scoring a game-high 24 points, an outing fueled by five 3-pointers.

Jaidyn Sellers and Poldberg each scored 12 points, with Waddle and Hambleton both adding six points and Tyme Boettcher and Rishel four apiece.

Waddle had five rebounds and five assists, Rishel four assists and five steals, Poldberg five steals and Beckman four assists.

Tuesday’s boys game was tied at 31-all at the intermission, with Panorama able to open a 43-39 lead as the third quarter ended. Both teams had high scoring fourth quarters thanks largely to officiating whistles and created a parade to the foul line.

Panorama finished the quarter with a 26-24 scoring edge to claim the six-point victory. The Panthers 27-of-42 from the free throw line while the Tigers sank 12-of-16.

Neither team was accurate beyond the arc, the guests making only 4-of-16 and the hosts 3-of-19 while attempting 3-point shots.

Jared Wasson led the visitors with 17 points, with Braeden Draper adding 15 and Maddox Hammerstrom 14. Braylen Dawes scored nine points, with Austin Block and Klayton Bremer each having seven points.

Panorama led Greene County, 19-15, and 35-25, after the first two quarters of action Monday. The lead swelled to 50-32 entering the fourth frame and the guests cruised from there.

Four Panthers reached double-digits, with Hammerstrom (16), Draper (13), Dawes (11) and Wasson (11) leading the way. Block added eight points and Bremer five.

Panorama is scheduled, weather permitting, to host Van Meter Friday and then play a boys/girls varsity set at Nodaway Valley Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.

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