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January 18, 2013

Lady Panthers win over Beavers

GARDNER — To be the best, you have to play the best. The PikeView Lady Panthers play by that motto, and their schedule has produced many tough match-ups this season.

PikeView is in the midst of a five-game stretch against some of the best teams in AA and AAA in the state.

The Lady Panthers knocked off Bluefield (55-45) and Scott (45-35) while falling to Woodrow Wilson (32-44) and Westside (28-58). PikeView was set to play James Monroe Thursday night weather depending.

Lyndsay Hatfield paced PikeView in their win over the Beavers. The sophomore had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Hope Nester added 10 points, six assists and six steals.

In their upset victory over 10th-ranked Scott, Hatfield had her second straight double-double scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 boards. Nester added 11 points, 5 steals and 5 assists while Courtney White had 10 rebounds.

PikeView (5-6) welcomed defending AA state champions Westside to Gardner on Tuesday. While the Lady Panthers stuck with the Renegades for two quarters, the inside-out combination Westside possessed was too much.

“We ran our offense and got some shots we needed,” PikeView head coach Karen Miller said after that game. “Our defense was excellent. When our shots are falling, that helps a whole lot.

“They didn’t fall in the second half. Westside is number one for a reason. They’ve got good shooters and played good defense.”

The loss to Westside showed one of PikeView’s weaknesses this year – their ability to score. The Lady Panthers shot 15.6 percent from the floor in the defeat and were held below 50 points for the sixth time this season. It was their third game of 34 points or less.

“We just have to become a better offensive team,” Miller said. “We’ve got to continue to work on it and get better. We’ve got more games to play.”

PikeView visits Wyoming East on Monday and Bluefield on Tuesday.

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It’s been an up and down month for the PikeView boys team. After losing their first two in January, the Panthers (4-7) won their next two before following that with two more losses.

PikeView has seen plenty of familiar faces as they’ve played Liberty and Independence twice during that stretch.

The Panthers have been led by sophomores Jason Weitzel and Logan McKinney and junior Zach Meadows.

Weitzel dropped 20 in a 69-89 loss to Liberty in the opener of the Shady Spring tournament. McKinney added 14 points while Meadows had 12.

Two nights later, Weitzel and McKinney combined for 24 against Shady Spring. Weitzel had a team-best 13 points, but it wasn’t enough as PikeView fell 46-64.

McKinney and Meadows showed why they can be a force inside as the Panthers clawed Independence 63-58 in the Shady Spring tournament consolation game. McKinney had 20 points and Meadows nearly had a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

On January 8, PikeView had their second straight win over Independence, 68-58. McKinney had 14, Weitzel 11 and Meadows eight points. Tanner Farley grabbed 10 boards and dropped in 12 points for a double-double.

PikeView could not stop Levi Cook and Liberty last Thursday. Meadows had a game-high 21 points and Weitzel added 18. McKinney finished with 12 points.

The Panthers struggled on Saturday against rival Summers County. The big three did their part with 52 of their 62 points. Meadows had 25 points and 10 boards for a double-double. McKinney added 16 and Weitzel had 11.

On Tuesday, PikeView got back to their winning ways behind a solid game from Weitzel. He dropped in 17 points as McKinney and Meadows were held to four points each.

The Panthers are set to host Mount View on Friday before traveling to Webster County on Saturday. Next week, PikeView hosts rival Bluefield on Tuesday then welcomes Wyoming East on Jan. 22

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