The Portland West basketball teams split their opening game last week against Shafer. The girls gave Coach Rachel James her first win as head coach with a 25-15 victory while the boys lost to the Wave 52-26.

“It was a good solid game for us,” Coach James said about the girls win. “I got what I wanted from the girls tonight. This game let us know where we are at as a team.”

Portland West led the entire way and held a 7-2 advantage after one quarter of action. That lead was expanded to eight, 13-5 at halftime and the Panther girls was up 21-8 heading in the final six minutes of action.

Shafer came back with a strong fourth period by outscoring the Purple 10-4 but the visitors couldn’t make up the difference as Portland West held on for the win.

Lillie Whitehead was in double figures with 13 points with Jalen Presley added five, Lexie Williams netted three and Aryana Cardwell and Savannah Pippin rounded out the scoring with two each.

The Panther boys held an early lead but eventually fell to the Wave 52-26 last Monday night.

The Purple trailed 13-8 after one quarter and were behind 19-14 at halftime. Shafer outscored Portland West 33-12 in the second half and were never threatened over the final 12 minutes.

“We are inexperienced as a team,” Coach Bill Runyon remarked. “We have four kids who have never been on a team. Our guard play was not too bad tonight.”

Cade Box paced the Panthers with 13 points with Nakeitha Jackson netted eight, Isiah Smith and Caeson Utley scored two points apiece and Cannan Russell finished with one.

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