The Portland East Lady Panthers fell to Shafer Middle School last Thursday evening, 28-26, which dropped their season record to 0-2. The Lady Panthers fought hard in this contest and had chance to pull out a victory in the closing seconds, but came up just short.
“I am so proud of how well the girls played tonight, they fought hard and would not give up,” head coach Scott Steinbrecher commented.
After a hard fought first half Portland found themselves down 13-9. Heading
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in to the locker room for second half adjustments, Portland would come out refocused in the third.
“We fought very hard in the first half and had plenty of opportunities to take the lead,” Steinbrecher replied.
Portland in the third quarter would outscore Shafer 6-5 and bring the score to 18-16 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter Portland tied the game at 20 all, but Shafer would come alive and go in a 65-1 run to bring the score to 26-21. The Panthers were able to bring the score to 28-26 and with five seconds left in the game. Madison Hall grabbed a rebound and rushed down the court and missed a half-court shot that would have won the game.
“I was super impressed with the girls effort and energy on the court tonight, they fought from beginning to end and came up just short,” Steinbrecher commented.
Leading the Panthers in scoring on the evening was Madison Hall with 16; Rayleigh Hester had 4; Eme Loza, Madison Linville and Sydney Lawless each notched two points.