Panthers boys basketball
The first league game of the season was an eye opener for the Panthers, who suffered a stinging 80-41 loss against the Toledo Boomers last Friday.
The Panthers begin their league play season at 0-1 in the Far West league, tied with Bandon and Myrtle Point. This puts them at 7-6 overall at No. 29 in the OSAA 2A rankings.
The Panthers were immediately overwhelmed by the Boomers’ aggressive and fast-paced offense, which left Bandon on top 25-7 in the first quarter. Unable to counter or match the Boomer’s myriad of well-placed shots, the Panthers gradually fell further behind and ended the half at 46-19.
The Panthers began to find their footing by switching to man-to-man in the second half,but were still outmaneuvered. Through several small gains, the Panthers kept a consistent pace throughout but could do little to close the gap, ending the third quarter at 66-30.
Despite the rocky start to league play, Coach Jay Trost is optimistic about the season moving forward.
“It was a good learning experience,” said Trost. “Sometimes brutal losses like that can really wake up a team up.”
Trost said the Panthers will be working to improve offensive execution in order to score at a greater pace.
The Panthers play Bandon Tuesday and Myrtle Point on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at home.
Panthers girls basketball
The Panthers won a hard-fought victory over the Boomers last Friday, ending the game at 61-58.
The win puts the Panthers league record at 1-0 for the season, tied with upcoming opponents Bandon and Myrtle Point. The Panthers are 8-5 overall at rank No. 10 in the OSAA 2A rankings.
The Panthers and Boomers were evenly matched to start, ending the first quarter at 12-12. But the Panthers steadily gained momentum, pulling ahead in the second quarter to end the half at 19-12.
Both teams made decent gains in the third quarter as the Boomers began to close the gap at 44-41. The Panthers jumped to a 10-point lead until the 4-minute mark of the final quarter, when the Boomers quickly closed the gap just shy of tying the game.
The top scorer of the night for the Panthers was Brandy Allen at 17 points.
While grateful for the win, Panthers Coach Chris Clark is more focused on how the close game highlighted the things the team can work on moving forward.
“A game like that gives us a lot to go home and work on, such as how we close things out and stay with it at the end there,” said Clark.
The Panthers play Bandon on Tuesday and Myrtle Point this Friday at home. Both games start at 5:30 p.m.
Brooking-Harbor cheerleader’s host Youth Cheer Clinic
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