Beckman surpasses all-time scoring mark as Panorama remains undefeated
Panorama’s Bailey Beckman slips past IKM-Manning’s Alexa Ahrenholtz late in the fourth quarter of a 58-43 win in Panora on Thursday, Jan. 3.
Panorama’s Bailey Beckman slips past IKM-Manning’s Alexa Ahrenholtz late in the fourth quarter of a 58-43 win in Panora on Thursday, Jan. 3.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Four years of remarkable consistency paid off in a big way last week, which in turn kept an undefeated streak alive.

Panorama senior Bailey Beckman cemented herself atop the Panther record books, as her nine points in a win over West Central Valley Jan. 4 made her the all-time leading scorer in Panorama history.

Beckman’s 1,317 career points moved her past previous record-holder Olivia Godfrey, who scored 1,314 points from 2010-2014.

Beckman is one of only five Panorama/Panora players in school history to pass the 1,000-point mark. Her historic night was aided by two-of-four shooting from three-point range, guiding the sixth-ranked Panthers (10-0) to their 10th-straight win this winter and 30th-consecutive regular season win dating back to November of 2017.

The individual Panorama scoring hierarchy now looks like this: 1. Beckman (1,317), 2. Godfrey (1,314), 3. Elly Arganbright (1,235), 4. Sidney Beckman (1,058) 5. Devyn Kemble (1,047).

Beckman has averaged at least 15 points per game each of the last three seasons and has never once averaged less than 12 points per game during her four year career.

The senior is averaging 20.9 points this winter, which puts her on pace to set a career-high for average and season points. The per game average is tops in the West Central Activities Conference by almost a full six points, and seventh in Class 2A.

Wilton’s Emily Lange leads the state in scoring at 23.8 points per game.

Panorama’s Jan. 4 victory was another in a long list of continued dominance. The Panthers charged out to a commanding 18-point lead at the break, holding the Wildcats to just two first quarter points. PHS held its foot on the accelerator in the second half, corraing WCV to just five third quarter points as they pulled away for victory.

Freshman Payton Beckman led the Panthers in scoring, pouring in 19 points on a blistering seven-of-eight shooting night. Her lone miss came from beyond the three-point arc, as she went two-of-three, connecting on all five of her two-point shots. The younger Beck-man also hauled in a team-high seven rebounds and six steals.

As a team, PHS swiped 18 steals, holding yet another opponent under 40 points. Only one Panorama opponent has reached the 40-point plateau through 10 games, IKM-Manning, a game the Panthers won, 58-43 Jan. 3. The West Central Activities Conference-leading Panthers are holding opponents to a stout 32 points per game.

PHS shot 22-42 from the field including 6-13 from downtown (46 percent) as senior Morgan Johnk aided the winning effort with 10 points and six rebounds.

Bailey Beckman’s record-breaking night was set up a game prior as she poured in a game-high 21 points in the Panthers’ 15-point win over IKM-Manning. The senior connected on nine-of-14 foul shots to go with three assists and a pair of steals.

The team defense was on display yet again, as Panorama came away with 17 steals, holding the Wolves to just five fourth quarter points.

Panorama held just a two-point halftime lead over their non-conference foe but pulled away

with 30 points over the final two frames.

Johnk tallied 18 points on six-of-11 shooting, hauling in a team-high nine rebounds. She’s now averaging 7.2 rebounds per game.

West CentralValley’s Sydney Neal continues to lead the league in rebounding with 11.2 boards per game, tied for the fifth-best mark in Class 2A.

The Panthers were clutch at the foul line, knocking down 24-of-36 attempts. Payton Beckman had herself a night as well, scoring 10 points to go with eight steals and six free throws.

Panorama travels to Urbandale Friday to take on Des Moines Christian (8-2, 6-0). The Lions and Panthers are the only two remaining undefeated teams in league play. Des Moines Christian is averaging 59.1 points per game while knocking down shots at a 45 percent clip. The Lions are riding an eight game winning-streak, led by Moriah Prewitt and her 12.5 points per game.