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February 8, 2013

Panthers play hard in close contests

GARDNER — In a just over a week’s time, the PikeView Panthers and Mount View Golden Knights have played two thrilling games that have been decided by six points or less each time. One even went to overtime.

The Panthers (5-11) saw the Golden Knights sweep the regular season series with a 62-56 victory in Welch.

“Our kids played really hard,” PikeView head coach Lindsay Jones said. “I told them at the end of practice [Wednesday] that nobody can take anything from the effort you put into the game. You can always be proud of that. They were working hard all the way up to the last second.

“Mount View did a good job of taking us out of what we were having success with. We were doing a good job of feeding the ball into the post and we were taking advantage that. They did a good job of getting us away from what we were trying to accomplish.”

Three PikeView players finished in double figures, but it wasn’t enough for the win. Jason Weitzel, Zach Meadows and Tanner Farley each finished with 13 points. Logan McKinney added nine.

It was the Panthers’ first game since a convincing 68-40 win over Independence a week earlier. Match-ups against James Monroe (Friday) and Liberty (Monday) were postponed due to weather.

“I’m sure it didn’t help,” Jones said of the week off. “In fact, we lost some practice time in there as well. Like I said, our kids played hard.

“I didn’t think that we lost any conditioning. We didn’t seem to be out of shape. I think it was really all Mount View.”

Against the Patriots, PikeView raced out to an early lead and controlled the game throughout. McKinney had a team-high 20 points while Farley added 11 points. Austin Cordell chipped in with 10 points.

The Panthers victory against Independence followed a tough 64-60 loss to Mount View in overtime. Weitzel led the way with 12 points and Farley had 10 points.

The junior wing has hit double figures the past three games and is showing signs of being a nice offensive threat in addition to posts Meadows and McKinney and point guard Weitzel.

“We’ve been really encouraging him to shoot since the first day of practice,” Jones commented. “He’s done well with that lately. We run some sets for him to get him open and he knocked down a couple last night.”

PikeView hosts Class AAA Shady Spring tonight. The Tigers defeated the Panthers earlier this season, 64-46. Juwan Rowe scored 17 points and Chase Connor added 16 points for Shady Spring.

“We really need to play good defense especially on Chase Conner,” Jones said. “He does really good job of scoring. Not only does he score, but he runs the offense and becomes a distributor. We have to do a really good job of stopping him and not allowing any easy baskets.”

PikeView will have four more games left in the regular season after Friday. They host Summers County on Tuesday then welcome James Monroe on Thursday in a rescheduled contest. Then on Feb. 18 and 19, the Panthers play Webster County and Liberty respectively to close out the season.

“We’re going to keep teaching and work on our execution to try to get better,” Jones said. “We want to be ready for post-season play.”

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In their last three outings, the PikeView Lady Panthers have gone 1-2 with tough losses to Woodrow Wilson and Wyoming East.

PikeView lost to Woodrow Wilson 49-37 on Saturday. Hope Nester scored 14 points and Lyndsey Hatfield had nine points and nine boards. Courtney White also grabbed nine boards.

Kavita Francois led Woodrow with 17 points.

The Lady Panthers took down James Monroe 60-53. Hatfield finished with 17 points and Nester added 11. White finished with nine points.

On Wednesday night, PikeView lost a heartbreaker as the Warriors won a last-second jumper, 46-45.

Bre Pertee took the in-bounds pass and drove the length of the floor before nailing a short jumper with less than two seconds to knock off the Panthers.

Nester was limited to four points. Hatfield had 15 points and Madison May added 14 points.

PikeView (8-9) visits Summers County on Friday then hosts Wyoming East on Monday.

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