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Lady Panthers nipped by Mountain View, beat Lyman

The Powell High School girls basketball team was edged out by one of the conference’s top teams on Friday, falling 41-38 to the visiting Mountain View Lady Buffaloes.

PHS rebounded on Saturday with a convincing 49-35 home win over Lyman.

Powell (4-5 overall, 3-1 in Class 3A West) got out to an early 5-4 lead against Mountain View (9-2, 3-1). But from there, the Lady Buffaloes went on a 13-0 run through the end of the first quarter and into second to take a 17-5 advantage.

With about a minute left in the half, a Tess Mitchell 3-pointer cut the Mountain View lead to four, but the Lady Buffaloes got a couple late buckets to close the half up 23-15.

In the third quarter, PHS stayed within striking distant, but found themselves down 35-25 going into the final period.

The Lady Panthers chipped away at the Mountain View lead in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t quite close the gap in time.

A Leslie Thronburg steal and layup again brought Powell within four, 39-35, with about 41 seconds left.

However, Mountain View responded with a basket that all but put the game away. Junior Kenda Ostrom sunk a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it 41-38.

Senior Thronburg led the Lady Panthers with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Sophomore Alyssa Hildebrand added in eight points, sophomore Mitchell six, Ostrom five, senior Olivia Rogers two and sophomore Becky Dent added one point.

As a team, Powell struggled inside, shooting seven of 25 (28 percent) from two-point range, but shot six of 13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Lady Panthers had a total of 26 turnovers in the game, the most they’ve had this year.

Against Lyman (3-7 overall, 0-4 in Class 3A West), the Lady Panthers played to a 7-7 tie early, then seized the lead for good on an Ostrom 3-pointer with about 50 seconds left in the first quarter.

PHS took a modest 22-16 lead to the half, but pulled away in the third period.

Lyman came within three, 24-21, in the opening minute of the third quarter, but would get no closer.

Over the next 12 minutes in the third and fourth quarters, Powell went on a 22-2 run that took them to an insurmountable 46-23 lead with five minutes remaining in the game.

Lyman made a late run to close the contest down by only 14.

Ostrom led PHS with 16 points, including three 3-pointers.

Rogers joined her in double figures with 11 points, which included going five-for-five from the free throw line.

Thronburg added eight points and nine rebounds, Hildebrand added seven points, sophomore Kadi Cooley five and Mitchell two.

PHS shot 44 percent from the floor in the contest, while Lyman was held to 31 percent shooting.

Due to illness, the Lady Panthers played without senior Randi Asay in both contests.

The Powell girls will host Class 2A Rocky Mountain High School at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, and welcome Lander to town for a 12:45 p.m. matchup on Saturday.

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