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December 24, 2008 3:49 am

PHS girls finish 08 with crushing victory

Written by Tribune Staff

Lady Panthers defeat Bison with a 42-21 win

The 2008 portion of the Powell High School girls basketball season ended on a good note, even if it was a bit premature.

On Friday night, in their first home game of the year, the girls doubled up the Buffalo Lady Bison, 42-21.

“Overall, I thought it was a great team win, and it is always nice to have a win before you take the long Christmas break,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

A Saturday match-up with the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats was canceled for weather-related reasons.

The Buffalo victory put the Lady Panthers' record at 5-1 going into the break.

“I thought the girls played well, especially defensively,” said Coach Danforth.

The team stifled the Lady Bison offensive, helping to hold them to 21 percent shooting from the floor.

“I thought we applied great perimeter pressure from our defense, which made it difficult for the Lady Bison to find many open, outside shots,” the coach said.

Coach Danforth added that on offense, the Lady Panthers had a bit of a tough time with Buffalo's speed and in running an up-tempo attack. The squad had 26 turnovers to the Bison's 20.

“Buffalo is quick and athletic, and it was hard to find a rhythm for us offensively,” Coach Danforth said. “This is our third week, so we still are trying to improve things and find a rhythm.”

Despite that, the Lady Panthers shot at an outstanding 57-percent clip.

Junior Hannah Pollart led the way with 16 points on six-of-eight shooting from the floor. She also nabbed eight boards, tying for best on the squad with fellow junior Savannah Donarski. Donarski chipped in with nine points.

“Both Savannah (Donarski) and Hannah (Pollart) did a nice job of attacking the post, both offensively and defensively,” Coach Danforth said.

Also scoring for the Lady Panthers were seniors Darcee Lynn (8), McKenzie Danforth (5), and Kelsey Allen (2), and sophomore Leslie Thronburg (2).

Allen dished out a team-best five assists, and Lynn swiped three of the team's 15 steals.

“When we get back, we will work hard and prepare for conference foes Lyman and Kemmerer — who are both playing well,” Coach Danforth said.

They'll host the Kemmerer Lady Rangers Jan. 9 at 5:45 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the PHS squad will continue the action at home, going up against the Lyman Lady Eagles at 12:30 p.m.