Panthers sweep Tigers in WCAC basketball

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Panorama's Laci Rishel looks to make a pass as several Madrid defenders close in during their WCAC contest Friday. Photo courtesy Vallerie Storesund.


PANORA — Both ends of Friday’s WCAC set between visiting Madrid and host Panorama were claimed by the home team, with the Panther girls using a quick start to spark a 54-31 win while the boys squad buried 15 3-pointers to record a 77-68 victory.

The Panther boys (4-0, 3-0) nailed 15-of-28 shots beyond the arc and had four players reach double-digits in handing the Tigers (4-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season.

The hosts held a 33-23 halftime edge and then maintained their advantage over the final 16 minutes to secure the triumph.

Malachi Peasley and Kolby Shackelford had 17 points apiece for the hosts, with Dominic Walker and Zach Rizzuti each adding 11 points. Evan Taylor had nine points and Michael Allen eight, with Lucas Leiferman and Drew Taylor scoring two points apiece.

Shackelford splashed five 3-pointers and Peasley four, with Walker and Rizzuti each making a trio of treys. Evan Taylor grabbed eight rebounds and Allen seven, with Peasley dishing out six assists while Allen made four steals.

Braden Gibbons and Mason Lobeck had 24 and 22 points, respectively, to lead Madrid. Gabe Peterson added nine points, Cayden Fuson six, Kody Carson and Jacob Loew three apiece and C.J. Dean one.

Gibbons hit three 3-pointers and had four assists, with Loew also making four assists whiel Peterson pulled in nine boards.

Panorama (3-2, 2-1) opened a 15-2 lead after one quarter of play to help defeat Madrid (0-4, 0-2) in the girls contest. The Tigers closed to within 25-17 at the intermission, but a 15-5 third period pushed the Panther margin out to 40-22 with eight minutes remaining.

The Panther girls sank five shots beyond the 3-point arc, with Payton Beckman making three and Ella Waddle and Angel Poldberg one each. The hosts hit all nine of their free throws, with the guests 0-for-6 at the stripe with three triples.

Beckman led all scorers with 22 points. Poldberg had 11 points and Anna Holloway eight, with six points from Laci Rishel, five from Waddle and two from Gabby Welberg finishing the scoring sheet.

Hannah Mertz led Madrid with 14 points, with Gabby Brunner scoring six points, Ella Santi five, Macy Gibbons four and Josie Springer two.

Panorama will host Van Meter Tuesday and then visit AC/GC Friday to put a wrap on the pre-holiday portion of their schedule.

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