The Portland West girls hosted Station Camp last Thursday night and fell to the visitors 42-34. The contest was much close than the final score would indicate. The Panther girls trailed for most of the game and faced a 10-point deficit at the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
However, the Purple rallied and came to within four before the Bison closed out the win at the charity stripe.
“The score was closed than the first game,” West coach Rachel James said. “We handled their press better and we were ready for their defense. Fouls were ridiculous on both sides and neither team could get momentum. We couldn’t hit our free throws and shot 30 percent from the line.”
The Purple trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter as Aryanna Cadwell, Lillie Whitehead and Savannah Pippin all reached the scoring column. The contest remained tight and Pippins’ five points in the period left Portland West trailing 12-11 at intermission.
Whitehead scored nine points in the third period though the Panther girls continued to trail. The Bison built an eight-point margin before Whitehead drained a 3-pointer to close the gap to five, 28-25 heading into the final six minutes of action.
Station Camp extended its advantage to thirteen in the early minutes of the fourth quarter behind nine unanswered points. But the Panther girls rallied.
Lexie Williams scored from outside, Whitehead made two foul shot, then converted a steal into a basket. Cadwell hit from outside and Williams made one of two attempts at the charity stripe and the difference was 36-32 with 1:44 remaining.
Portland West would get no closer as the Bison cashed in on three of six foul shots down the stretch for the victory.
Whitehead reached double figures for the Panther girls with 17 while Pippin had nine, Cadwell netted six and Williams had two.
On Monday, Dec. 12, the Purple traveled to Shafer and lost 38-33.
“We couldn’t hit anything,” James admitted. “We missed shots at the end. We rebounded, we just couldn’t hit. They had one girl who hit everything.”
Portland West trailed 9-4 at the end of one quarter and left the court at halftime behind 15-10. Shafer took a 30-22 lead into the final six minutes and held on for the win.
Whitehead tossed in 14 points for the Purple with Cadwell adding nine, Pippin scored eight and Williams contributed two. Emma Donley led all scorers with 18.