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Panther vs. Panther
J. C. Tilton

Both Lady Panther teams are not having the best of seasons. North has only hit the win column twice and South only 4 times coming into the game. South had been roughed up by Sidney Lehman, but had shown the ability to bounce back in the previous week with 2 wins after a decisive loss to Tri Village. North wanted to get back on the winning track, and what better way than against a rival?

Both teams exhibited sloppy play at times. There were numerous turnovers by both teams. However, South's post players had some success blocking shots in side with at least 4 blocks in the first half alone. South was generating points in the paint, while denying the inside to North. South liked this situation and was up 13-8 at the end of the first quarter. North reset their strategy and proceeded to stymie the South inside game. Their zone did an effective job of shutting down the TVS post players as the only South scoring would be from the guards - Durkle for 4 and DuChemin for 2. However, North was unable to make a difference on the offensive end as they would only score 4 points in the quarter. TVS used both man to man and zone in the game So the halftime lead stood at TCN 12 TVS 19.

In the second half, North snuck up on South. They drew within 6 thanks to a Delong 3 pointer just before the close of the third quarter. Dani Lipps scored twice for South to extend their lead. Then South seemed to go into cruise control. But North kept their foot on the accelerator. Candice Estep stepped up her game, scoring 6 critical points in the home stretch. Tiffany Daugherty hit a timely trey to draw TCN within 5 again. The North defense generated 6 turnovers in this run, but were now also generating points. North had pinned South at 29 and closed to within 1 with 28 seconds left to play. South had been in a slow down, but now had turned the ball over. A North player was fouled and had a chance at the line but could not find the net. So South was able escape with a 29-28 victory despite not scoring in the last 5 minutes of the game.

When asked about South's turnovers Coach Robinson exclaimed, “I know we had two in the first 20 seconds of the game. It is something we emphasize every practice take care of the basketball, don't turn the ball over and it seems like every game we go out and do the same things. It didn't seem like anybody could make a pass and we weren't catching the ball. I thought that North played with a lot of heart. We played real lackadaisical for most of the night. Thank goodness they were struggling to shoot the ball late. We were lucky because North played well enough to win, they just fell short”.

North coach Molly Stammen was upbeat despite the loss. “Held with them pretty much the whole game. The game plan was to shut down 40 [Hayes] and we did that by fronting. Our inside girls did great. Candice Estep had 8 steals, everybody had a tremendous defensive game. Foul shooting as a team, we were 3 for 11. Tiffany Daugherty played a good game. There were a lot of things that happened that could have broke one way or another. This is probably the best game we played all year. I'm really proud of them - the foul shooting we are going to work on”!

Scoring for TVS: Durkle 4, Lipps 5, DuChemin 2, Stone 2, Hayes 6, McCoy 10. TCN: Delong 5, Daughtery 9, Estep 14. The reserve game was won by TVS 35-20. Scoring for TVS: Spitler 2, French 11, McCollum 4, Burkett 4, Niswonger 2, Colby 2, Ervin 2, Tilton 8. Scoring for TCN Ygnacio 2, Braden 2, Estep 8, Bussard 3, Mullins 2, Perry 3.

On Saturday TVS matched up with state ranked Arcanum. In the first quarter the team looked outmatched with Arcanum up 18-3. It looked as though TVS was going to roll over and play dead. But Coach Robinson rallied the girls at the break and they went on a run. South scored 18 point while limiting Arcanum to 11. When the dust settled at the break it was a new ballgame. Arcanum still had the lead but it was by 5 points 25-21. The third quarter was fairly even. TVS only managed one inside basket, but their outside shooting allowed them to close to within 4 when the last quarter began.

Arcanum felt the Panthers breathing down their necks and responded with vigorous defensive play. Limiting South to two baskets by Katie McCoy and Brittany Hayes, while scoring 20 points of their own to win 55-35. Scoring for TVS: Bambeck 2, Lipps 2, Brubaker 15, Hayes 8, McCoy 8, French 2. The reserve game was won by Arcanum 42-29. Scoring for TVS: Spitler 5 French 9, McCollum 4, Colby 4, Deleranko 2, Tilton 5.


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