Tiftarea boys dominate Westwood

The Tiftarea Panthers split in a matchup against the Westwood Wildcats on Saturday January 30 at the Tiftarea gym. The Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Wildcats 26-55 while the boy’s team dominated the court defeating the Wildcats 79-43.The Lady Panthers won the tip off but a rebound from Westwood’s Lexie Davis would put them on the board. Lady Panther’s Abby Carswell took it to the hoop for two to tie the game but Westwood was quick to answer back when Haley Marshall took a shot for two. Teammate, Callie Smith, followed her teams lead hitting a field goal for two taking their lead to a four point difference. Marshall hit another field goal to extend their lead. Carswell took to the hoop for two in hopes to take their lead down. Smith continued to put up points with another field goal for two. Morgan Singleton followed her teammates led hitting a three point shot with less than four minutes left in the first frame. Erin Register came back and put the ball up for two for the Lady Panthers but was quickly cut short when Westwood took to the hoop again. The Lady Panthers 112 took the ball straight to the net and a turnover allowed her to push to the net again for two. Marshall sunk a three point shot to extend the Wildcat lead by seven points. At the end of the first frame Westwood led 17-10

Trent Hobbs lays it in against Westwood. Photo: Jessica Peters /SGSN

Trent Hobbs lays it in against Westwood. Photo: Jessica Peters /SGSN

 

Westwood took to the net to start the second quarter, when Smith put up a field goal for two. Singleton followed her lead hitting a three point shot. Register answered back with a two point shot but Wildcat’s Smith took the ball down court for a three point shot to extend their lead. The Lady Panthers Hannah Gunter drew the foul hitting both shots. The Lady Wildcats McKenzie Coleman, drove to the rim for two. The Lady Panthers continued to battle hard on the court but a strong Lady Wildcat offense pushed to the net. At the end of the first half the Lady Wildcats had a 12 point lead 28-16.

Westwood, Marshall, drove to the basket to start off the second half strong but Lady Panthers, Strenth, answered back with a field goal. Westwood’s offense stayed strong continuing to put points on the board while their defense managed to hold the Lady Panthers from getting to the basket. With five minutes left in the third frame the Lady Wildcats were up by 17 points. Lady Panthers Carswell, drove to the basket for two in hopes of narrowing Westwoods lead. Carswell took to the goal again for two with a minute left in the third. Narrowing the Westwood lead to 15 points but a field goal from Davis, would put them back up by 17. At the end of the third the Lady Wildcats had a 19 point lead, 41-22, against the Lady Panther.

Lady Wildcats started the fourth frame off like the others, by driving to the net for two. The Lady Wildcats offense continued to remain strong against the Lady Panthers defense, driving to the basket and once again keeping the Tiftarea from scoring. With four minutes left in the game the Lady Wildcats took their biggest lead of the night up by 23 points but continued to gain momentum on the court. The Lady Wildcats came out strong with a win against the Lady Panthers 55-26.

Although the Lady Panthers were defeated, both Abby Carswell and Erin Register both racked up six points apiece as the leading scorers for the Lady Panthers.

The Panthers won the tip off but a turnover would cause the Wildcats to take the lead. Panthers, Austin Stripling, answered back with three point shot to take the lead by one. Ethan Mims shot for a field goal for two. With four minutes left in the first frame the Wildcats drove to the basket to tie the game up. Panthers, Trent Hobbs, took a drive to the basket for two and drew the foul for one. Bailey Cunningham followed his teammates lead with a three point shot in the paint. Panthers, Mondo West, put up a three point shot with thirty seconds left in the first frame to take a lead by six. He followed up his shot with a layup in the last five seconds. At the end of the first frame the Panthers led 23-15

The Wildcats started off the period strong with a layup for two, but the Panthers quickly came back. Panthers, Cunningham, continued to put pressure on the Wildcat defense driving through and to the goal for two. Mims dodged a block by a Wildcat and took the ball to the hoop for two. Followed by a layup from teammate, Austin Stripling. With less than six minutes left in the first half the Panthers were up by 12. The Panther offense proved to be a strong contender, continuing to outscore the Wildcats and pushing through their defense to get the ball to the basket. Panthers Jack Raines, put up two on the board and drew the foul for one. The Panthers took the lead by 15 with two minutes left in the game. At the end of the first half the Panthers took a 17 point lead of 45-28.

Panthers started out the second half strong when Mims drove to the goal for two followed by teammates Stripling and Hobbs. Panthers stayed strong on defense keeping the Wildcats from driving to the net. Panther’s offense continued strong as well, West, driving to the net for a layup and extending their lead by 27. At the end of the third frame the Panthers led 63-36.

Panthers, West, started off the fourth period with a layup for two and his teammates followed his lead going straight to the basket and continuing to put points on the board. With three minutes and thirty left on the clock the Panthers led by 39 points. The Panthers defeated the Wildcats 70-43.

The Panthers dominated the court and came out strong with leading scorers Trent Hobbs with 13 points and Devin Paulk with 10.

The Panthers next game will be in Pinehurst, Georgia against Fullington Academy February 3, starting at 6:30 PM.

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