Lady Panthers down Lovell, struggle in Border War


The Powell High School volleyball team continued their winning ways against the Lovell Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, Aug. 29, but ran into a buzzsaw of sorts at the Wyoming/Montana Border War Tournament in Cody on Friday and Saturday, finishing 1-3 for the tournament.

PHS 3, Lovell 0

“As I said last week, Lovell is scrappy and is good competition,” said Lady Panthers head coach Randi Bonander. “It’s confidence building to beat them on their court.”

The Lady Panthers took down the Lady Bulldogs in three games, 25-12, 25-19 and 27-25.

WY/MT Border War

“The WY/MT Border War was definitely a learning experience,” Bonander said. “We just couldn’t get going, and keep the momentum on our side.”

The Lady Panthers’ first game came against Billings Central on Friday, falling 26-24, 26-24 and 25-14.

“The first two games were close against Billings Central but they pulled away in the third for the win,” Bonander said.

Friday’s next matchup came against Hardin, Montana. Powell won the first game 25-15, lost the second 25-23, won the third 25-20, but then lost the fourth and fifth 25-16 and 25-5, respectively.

“We came back full force winning the first and third game, but they made some adjustments that split our blockers and our defense that gave them the win in five games,” Bonander said.

Next up was Miles City, Montana, and “we came out strong,” Bonander said. “We made adjustments on our defense which helped us keep the momentum. Unfortunately we lost the match in five games.”

Powell won the first game 25-16, lost the second 25-23, won the third 25-20, lost the fourth 25-18 and narrowly lost the fifth, 15-13.

The Lady Panthers ended the tournament on a win, sweeping Glendive, Montana, in three games, 25-13, 25-17 and 25-18. Coach Bonander said that “was definitely a confidence booster going into the weekend.”

The Lady Panthers will travel to play in the Rawlins Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

“Rawlins is always a great tournament and good competition to force us to adjust for regular season competition,” Bonander said. “All eight 3A West teams will be there, along with six 3A East teams.”

Overall for the season, the Lady Panthers have a 9-3 record, placing them first in the North Quadrant. Cody sits in the No. 2 spot with an overall record of 7-3, Riverton is third with 4-3 record (one score is missing) and Lander fourth at 1-5.