The Panorama girls have relied on their defensive gusto all season long, and last Friday’s intra-country battle with AC/GC was no different.
The sixth-rated Panthers had little trouble securing their sixth straight win, stifling the Chargers in tune to a 68-30 thrashing.
AC/GC came into their latest home contest Dec. 14 riding a wave of confidence with a 4-4 record, but PHS had other plans.
Entering with an undefeated record and a defense allowing just an average of 30 points per game, the Panthers locked in. Panorama has yet to allow an opponent to score more than 39 points in a single game this year with a low water mark of 16 back on Dec. 4 against Plesantville.
AC/GC (5-5) has already more than doubled it’s win total from last year when they went 2-20.
On Dec. 14, the Chargers were looking to shake up the West Central Activities Conference hierarchy before the red-hot Panthers came to town.
PHS was riding high off a come-from-behind victory over 15th-ranked Van Meter a few nights prior, and kept the momentum rolling with the road blowout.
The Panthers blitzed their way to a 44-13 halftime lead, converting on a magnificent amount of shots, shooting a blistering 45 percent from the field. Panorama was led by senior Bailey Beckman, who poured in a game-high 27 points while swiping five steals.
The Panthers produced three athletes in double figures, as Beckman’s younger sister, Payton, chipped in 14 points connecting on five free throws while sophomore Ella Waddle was a perfect four-for-four from the field for 10 points.
Fellow senior Morgan Johnk hauled in a team-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points, four steals and four assists. As a team, the Panthers drilled five-of-13 three point attempts. Waddle and Beckman each knocked down a pair of long balls in the sixth-straight victory.
PHS held AC/GC to a mere 34 percent from the field as the Chargers were led by Jadeyn Carrick’s seven points. Sophomore Kylie Young hauled in a team-high five rebounds while Chelsea Larsen dished out three assists.
The Chargers scored just five points in the opening period as they fell behind 24-5, and followed it up with just eight points in the second quarter. AC/GC only cracked the double digit mark once, a 13-point frame in the third quarter.
The Dec. 14 victory signified Panorama’s 29th straight conference victory dating back to Jan. 10, 2017, nearly two full years without a loss.
Beckman continues to lead the West Central Activities Conference in scoring at 19.8 points per game, which is the 11th-best mark in Class 2A. Beckman’s 28 free throws are third in the conference while Johnk’s 7.8 rebounds per game are fourth in the league.
AC/GC’s Jorja Hoover is third in the league with 33 assists while Young is tied with Beck-man for third in steals (27). Johnk is fourth in the league with 11 blocks.
Wildcats and Chargers battle in intra-country tussle
The AC/GC girls bounced back from the disappointing home loss to regain their .500 record with a narrow 47-44 win over West Central Valley Monday.
The Chargers (5-5) jumped out to a 25-16 halftime lead before the Wildcats slowly withered their way back into it. WCV had cut the lead to six as they entered the fourth quarter but could never quite make the comeback complete.
The Chargers were led by Carrick and Sierra O’Brien, who each chipped in 10 points
apiece while Kennedy Young hauled in a team-best seven rebounds.
Genevieve Hoover spearheaded a strong defensive effort, snagging eight steals as AC/GC came away with 21 thefts as a team.
WCV held the Chargers to 36 percent shooting from the field, but couldn’t find much more on their offensive end, as they connected on just 15-of-42 shots (36 percent). Senior Joelle Grubbs led the way with 12 points and a trio of three-pointers while Madelyn Jaeger tossed in 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Sydney Neal hauled in seven rebounds to pad her magnificent rebounding totals, as she’s second in all of 2A with an 11.9 rebounds per game average.
Panorama was in action Tuesday against Ogden. They’ll face-off against Mount Ayr Dec. 20 in their final game before winter break. The Panthers will return to the court Jan. 4 as they take on West Central Valley in Panora.
AC/GC will do battle with Interstate 35 Dec. 21 in Guthrie Center in the Chargers’ final game before the break. They’ll return to the court Jan. 4 against Woodward-Granger.