By Allen Hamrick
The Panthers were at home this past week in a double header against Gilmer and Doddridge in a couple of barn burners. In the first game against Gilmer, the game started out fast paced and stayed that way until the last click on the clock. Gilmer, laying 1-9 on the season, was looking to improve their record. The Panthers had a little trouble with their air show and missed some key shots early on but kept up the pace, pulled away from Gilmer and never looked back. Gilmer didn’t know what hit them as the Panthers pummeled them from hardwood. Once they got their range, fans knew they had no chance. The Panthers started pressing their defense and bringing down the rebounds to keep the score out of reach. When the smoke cleared, it was the Panthers over Gilmer by the score of 68-48. Later that same week Doddridge came to town looking to knock off the Panthers on their own court. Doddridge is a fast paced team with plenty of height and can shoot from the perimeter sporting a 7-2 record. The Panthers just couldn’t locate the bucket as consistently as Doddridge and were having a tough time holding onto the ball. Once the Panthers got down they just couldn’t recover as Doddridge went onto win the game 75-47. The Panthers will be back in action in a three game stretch on the road in Frankfurt on Monday, at home against Calhoun on Tuesday and on the road again on Thursday against the always tough Braxton County.
In other court news, the Lady Panthers lost a tough one to Hoover’s Lady Huskies 29-51 and will be back in action on Wednesday against Webster and again on Friday at home against Calhoun. The Mustangs had a close win against Walton beating the Tigers 34-33 in a nail biter. Then, they turned around and lost a tough one against South Harrison 34-46. The Lady Mustangs also had no problems against Walton beating them by 32 points. Get out to the courts and enjoy a game.