“(The) biggest thing is I thought the kids played well,” said PHS JV coach Waleryan Wisniewski. “Consistency was a hard thing that we had to deal with all year.”
With the continuous changes throughout the year, finding a groove and consistency between the players and their roles was a challenge, Wisniewski said.
East/West Classic in Buffalo
The Panthers started the season at the East/West Classic in Buffalo, Dec. 9-10.
In the first game, the squad “had a little bit of hard time scoring,” and lost 32-26 to Rawlins, said Wisniewski.
Aaron Jacobsen led the team with 11 points. Max Gallagher had five, Luke Washington and William Preator had three each and Carter Olsen and Dalton Woodward added two.
Powell next lost to Buffalo, 53-44. Washington led with 17 points. Gallagher added nine, Kanyon Gann and Jacobsen each had five, Eyob Robirds four and Woodward and Preator added two.
Wisniewski said the team was learning how to play with each other in the season’s early goings, “and it finally came together in the Newcastle game.”
They pummeled the Doggies 56-22 with “very balanced scoring,” the coach said.
Everyone who played scored: Washington had 16 points, Jacobsen eight, Preator seven, Colton Johannsen and Gallagher each scored six, Gann and Olsen put up four points, Robirds scored three and Woodward had two.
Powell 63, Lovell 36
On Dec. 13 in Lovell, “the kids came out on fire and had a lot of fun,” Wisniewski said of the 63-36 win.
The team again had balanced scoring and added eight 3-point baskets — likely their best outside shooting of the year.
Three Panthers hit double digits: Washington (13), Jacobsen (12) and Preator (10). Robirds added eight points, Woodward and Olsen each had five, Gann and Johannsen added four and Gallagher had two.
Big Horn Basin Classic
After starting with four games on the road, the Panthers hosted the Big Horn Basin Classic Jan. 5-7.
Powell first beat Rocky Mountain, 51-25.
“Again our scoring continued to improve,” said Wisniewski.
Jacobsen led with 15 points and Woodward had 10. Preator scored nine, Gann scored seven and Washington — who moved up to varsity — and Johannsen each had two.
Powell then beat Thermopolis 56-49 to close out its tournament.
Jacobsen and Woodward led the team again with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Preator scored nine, Washington seven, Olsen five, Johannsen four, Gann and Gallagher had three points and Robirds two.
Douglas 55, Powell 51
Powell traveled to Douglas on Jan. 14 and fell 55-51.
The Panthers had a player quit, so the team had to try and figure out roles again, said Wisniewski, adding, “We played them tough, just missed a couple shots there at the end.”
Washington put up 12 points and Gallagher scored 11. Trent Desjarlais came down from varsity to help the JV squad and scored nine points. Woodward and Jacobsen each added six, Robirds three and Jacob Harrison and Olsen had two points each.
Riverton 79, Powell 21
On Jan. 20, Powell lost in Riverton, 79-21.
“This game we didn’t really come off the bus, we didn’t really have the intensity that we needed to,” said Wisniewski.
Gallagher led with seven points, followed by Desjarlais with four, Preator and Harrison with three each and Olsen and Jacobsen with two each.
“Kind of a wake-up call for us, but a good game for us to have a little ‘come to’ meeting to talk about what we needed to do.” said Wisniewski.
Lander 55, Powell 45
The next day, Powell hosted Lander and fell 55-45.
“A game I thought we should have won but didn’t,” Wisniewski said. “We played better than we had the night before.”
Jacobsen led with nine points. Woodward scored eight, Robirds seven, Preator and Gallagher had six points apiece, Washington had five and Harrison and Olsen each had two.
“Thought we could have gotten that first conference win there, but just wasn’t in the cards for us,” said Wisniewski.
More results will follow in a later issue.