By Jessica Pitcock CCN Sports
This past week was big in District 16 play as the Panthers would face Clinton and Monroe on the road looking to pick up their first district win of the season and to try to stay out of last place in the district standings come tournament time.
The week started off promising as the JV team defeated Clinton County at home in a game that game down to the end. The Panthers pulled out the victory 37-32. The game got intense in th fourth quarter and JV Coach Storm Burchett got two technical fouls and had to leave the floor.
Byren Crawley led his team in scoring with 10, Kane Cross added 9, Derrick Sells and Braden Perdue both had 6, Lance Willen 5, and Deven Norris 1.
Drew Davis had 12 for the Bulldogs and Jackson Mason had 8.
The first matchup of the season between the Panthers and the Bulldogs led to overtime and had the entire crowd on their feet. The Panthers ended up losing 56-53, but they were hoping to get a win on the road against the Bulldogs to even the score, but that did not happen.
The Panthers trailed 17-12 after one and the Bulldogs had doubled the Panthers score at the half 36-18 when the Panthers only managed to score 6 points in the second quarter. They were down by 11 at the end of 3, but were outscored 23-13 in the fourth quarter and ended up losing 70-49.
The Panther shot 43% from the field and 29% from 3 point range. They are still struggling big time from the free throw line. They only hit 6 free throws out of 17 for 35%. Clinton, on the other hand, hit 18 out of 22 for 82%. The Bulldogs had 5 more boards than the Panthers did for the game.
Riley Miller led scoring for the Panthers with 15 points. He almost had a double double as he also had 9 rebounds. He was 6 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
For the rest of the Panthers scoring was Byren Crawley 8, Ray Harwood 7, Garrett Scott 6, Latrel Alexander and Derrick Sells 3, and Burk Sells, Tristian Caprietta, and Eli Morgan all had 2.
The Bulldogs had four people in double figures with junior point guard Cohen Davis leading with 21, followed by Steele Burchette with 18. Stockton and Young both had 10. Young also had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
The team traveled to Monroe County Friday night to take on the Falcons who are undefeated in district play this season. Monroe led 17-13 after one and 31-24 at the half. It was 45-38 at the end of the third and the Panthers fought hard the fourth quarter and made a run to win the game, but fell short 69-64.
The team shot 45% from the field and 33% from the 3 point line. They were 5 of 10 from the free throw line for 50%. Ray Harwood scored 19 in the second and had a double double with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers. Burk Sells, who was sick and played through it, had 12. Alexander, Miller, Morgan, and Crawley all had 6 each. Scott added 3 and Caprietta 2. Miller had 9 rebounds.
The Panthers have now won 5 games and lost 11 for the season. They have not won a region game or district game yet as they are 0-6 in the region and 0-5 in the district. The Panthers have only allowed 1018 points for the season and they have scored 1000. Only 18 points difference isn’t much at all and that shows how close the team has played their opponents.
They are shooting 44% on the season and 34% from behind the arc. Free throws is something that they need to improve on as they are just shooting 55%.
Ray Harwood is the Panthers leading scorer averaging almost 13 a game and is the leading rebounder averaging 9 rebounds a game. Garrett Scott is averaging 9 points per game and Byren Crawley is third with 7.8 a game. Miller is second in rebounding with 6.4 per game and Tristian Caprietta is third with 3.1.
Monroe County is sitting undefeated in the district at 5-0, Clinton County is 4-3, Metcalfe is 3-2, and Russell is 1-3.
The Class A Tournament will be going on this week. The winner of the Cumberland County and Russellville game will play the winner of the Glasgow and Foundation Christian game on Thursday. The championship of the boys Class A will be Friday night at 6.