By Allen Hamrick
The Panther basketball team was to lock horns this week against Roane County and Webster County, but as fate would have it Webster County had to cancel. Roane came to town on Tuesday, and it was a barn burner. After getting adjusted by Hoover last week, the Panthers were needing a good win to get the season rolling their way again. Roane County couldn’t seem to get locked into the net and fell way behind the exploding Panthers in the first period.
Tanner Faulkner came out shooting the cans off the rim, hitting for nine of his 16 points in the game. The Panther offense racked up 20 points in the 1st quarter and never looked back. They were up 34-16 at the half, and when they returned to the court, both the Panther offense and defense turned up the heat. Defense became the name of the game as the Panthers held Roane’s offense to just 17 points in the second half. When the nets stopped shaking, the Panthers won the game by the score of 58-33. Tanner Faulkner was top gun hitting for 16 points while Colton Pritt followed that up with 15 of his own, knocking threes down like a turkey shoot.
Their next game will be on the road in Buffalo on Monday, back home on Tuesday against Gilmer and then back on the road in South Harrison on Thursday night. It will be some tough games so come out and support the team. Go Panthers!