Lady Panthers fall to Lyman in semi-finals

Will play for third Saturday mornning


The Lady Panthers kept it close in the first quarter, but a 19-2 Lyman run in the second took the wind out of Powell's sails in the Friday's semi-final round of the Class 3A State Basketball Tournament. Lyman cruised to a 60-30 win over the Powell High School girls at Casper College.

The loss pits Powell against Buffalo at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in a battle for third place.

The Lady Panthers were initially able to break Lyman's stifling press, trailing just 14-12 after one quarter, but it wore the team down as the game progressed.

"We handled the press really well; we broke it, got layups and we were right on the verge of them getting out of it," said PHS head coach Scott McKenzie. However, the coach felt things turned when senior Karlie McKenzie had to go to the bench with her third foul, as "she's such an important part of running us."

"We got tired and didn't get back, and it was layup after layup," coach McKenzie said. "It was a combination of things in that second quarter."

Senior Rachel Bonander paced the Lady Panthers with 15 points, followed by five points from fellow senior Katie McKenzie.

PHS turned the ball over 27 times in the contest.