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By SHARON GRAVES
The Panthers and Lady Panthers played a hectic schedule this past weekend, as both are involved in tournaments over Christmas break.
The teams faced border rival Gallatin County, Thursday and Friday, in two hotly contested games, winning both in overtime.
The Lady Panthers went into double overtime before they pulled away from the Lady Wildcats 48-44.
Lady Panther Hannah Devine was the high scorer with 13 in the Thursday night contest, with Sarah Osborne adding 11 as Kyndal Curry threw in another 10. The Lady Panthers shot 50 percent from the line.
The Panthers also went in to overtime beating the Wildcats 71-69. Both games were nail-biters. Gallatin County always seems to make a run in the fourth quarter.
Will Yager was on fire as he was the high scorer with 30 points, six of which were treys. D.C. Craig added 18 and Chris Hendrick put in 10.
The Panthers are participating with seven other teams in the Gallatin Steel Invitational being played at Gallatin County. Their first game, against Dayton, also went into overtime.
Playing less than 24 hours after beating Gallatin County, the Panthers were a little flat, but managed a win, 61-59. Chris Hendrick was high man in that contest with 21 points, Will Yager adding 15, and Casey Cable tossing in another 12.
The second game of the four-game tourney had the Panthers paired against Spencer County, which the Panthers defeated handily, 58-32. High scorers included: Cable with 14, Hendrick 13, Craig 13 and Yager 10.
Two more games were played after press time and will appear in next week’s issue.
The Lady Panthers hosted the North American Stainless Classic and took on the Lady Raiders of Trimble County Saturday night and came out on top 39-18.
They played a blistering pace and smothering defense holding the Lady Raiders to only seven points in the first half. Lady Panther Keshia Henderson was high scorer with 12, all from beyond the arc.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play again Monday night at 7 p.m. and they could play in the championship game on Tuesday, both after deadline because of the holiday schedule. Both games will be covered in next week’s issue.