Panthers record loss to Foxes



Panthers record loss to Foxes

SILVERTON — The Panthers (7-7, Mid-Willamette Conference, 15-9) put up a fight against Silverton (14-0, MWC, 22-1) on Feb. 20, but despite their energy, they lost, 59-44.

Peter Mendazona led the game with 14 points, Brandon Broadus adding eight, and Brendan Lesmeister coming in with seven.

“I was proud of the way our team battled and clawed for the whole game,” coach Tim Kreta said. Since playing them the first time earlier in the season, Kreta said he was proud of his team’s improvement and is looking forward to their next energetic game on Thursday against Crescent Valley.

Friday, the boys host Marist at 7 p.m. for their first play-in match.

Girls Basketball: The Panthers (11-3, Mid-Willamette Conference, 20-4) faced a loss against Silverton, 55-46, on Feb. 20. Regardless of the loss, the girls attacked the game with persistent energy. Meagan Mendazona scored 14 points with 13 rebounds. Elizabeth Chavez added 13 to the score and Annika Riddell followed with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Thursday, the Panthers went up against Crescent Valley, (11-3, MWC, 20-4) losing their final regular season game by one point. With 15 seconds left, the Panthers were in the lead by five until a Raider shot a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim and fell in, closing that gap down to two. With seconds to go, it was a fight: the Panthers fumbled and lost the ball to the Raiders defense. Another 3-pointer from the Raiders with two seconds on the clock and the game was over. Regardless of the defeat, the Panthers are seeded second in league and looking toward Friday where they host an unknown opponent for the first round of the state tournament.



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