A recent road trip east came out on the wrong end Friday, Jan. 11 as the Panorama Panther boys’ and girls’ basketball teams suffered a pair of defeats.
Des Moines Christian sent the sixth-ranked Panther girls’ to their first regular season loss in 31 tries, snapping a 30-game win streak dating back to Nov. 25, 2017. The now conference-leading Lions (10-2) upset the previously undefeated WCAC squad, 47-37, extending their league record to 8-0.
The PHS boys came up just short as well in the night cap, a frustrating 46-41 loss, dropping the Panthers to 5-7 overall.
Friday’s 10-point defeat was the girls’ first conference loss since Des Moines Christian was victorious back on Jan. 10, 2017, a string of 32 consecutive wins.
Panorama fell in an early hole, scoring just 17 first half points as DMC built a 12-point lead. The Panthers never recovered, shooting a disappointing 13-of-51 from the field (25 percent) and only five-of-28 from three-point land. Not a single PHS athlete scored in double figures, led by Bailey Beckman’s seven points on two-of-12 shooting.
The Panorama boys were locked in a dog fight for most of the night Friday, gaining a three-point edge at the break before Des Moines Christian exploded for 18 points in the decisive third period. The Lions outscored the Panthers 29-21 over the final two quarters, securing victory and sending PHS to their second straight loss.
Panorama shot 15-of-47 from the field and only made two of their 13 three-point attempts, led by Kolby Shackleford’s 15 points. Zach Rizzuti chipped in 13 points to go with eight rebounds while Gracen Welberg snagged a team-high 12 boards.
The Panthers are back in action tonight as they host AC/GC for a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader in a rescheduled game due to possible inclement. The Charger girls have compiled a breakout record of 8-6, quadruple the amount of wins they secured a year prior while the boys’ are struggling through a recent rough patch, losing four in a row. They are now 4-9 on the season.