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The Panthers and Lady Panthers were let loose Tuesday night for the Black and Gold scrimmage, and everyone went home winners.
“This was a fun night for Lady Panther and Panther basketball,” Lady Panther head coach Randy Mefford said. This is a night when we get to showcase what our kids can do and friends and family can come and get a preview of the season.
“Sometimes when we play as we get ready for the season, they [the teams] get a little tired of the daily routines of practice and the kids really enjoy the fact that the fans and the students can come in and see them, and they have fun with this,” Mefford said. “We try to promote our program that way.”
“Hopefully we can use what we did tonight in preparation for our season which begins next week,” Mefford added.
You can’t teach “tall,” but that is one thing Lady Panther Head Coach Randy Mefford probably wishes he could teach. The Lady Panthers aren’t very big, but their quickness, ball-handling and shooting will keep them in a lot of games.
Panther Head Coach Carroll Yager agreed that the evening was very positive and the fans seemed to enjoy it.
“We shot the ball well and our effort was very very good,” Yager said. That is one thing Yager said earlier this year that he wanted his team to do; he wants his team to put in the best effort possible.
Yager split his teams up so they were competitive. “We played one half of the game in man, offense and defense and the white team won that half,” Yager said. “We played the other half in zone, and the black team won that half.”
“At times we had people out of position, but we are in the early stages of learning,” Yager said. “We are making a great effort to put our system in place.”
The Lady Panthers lost their season opener Monday, Dec. 1, against Shelby County on the Lady Rockets’ home turf, 44-34.
The girls’ first home varsity game is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, against the Trimble County Lady Raiders.
The Panthers opened the season on the road last night against Williamstown; the game was played after The News-Democrat went to press.
The boys’ first home game is Thursday, Dec. 4, also against border rival Trimble County.