Panther hoopers honored for outstanding seasons

Posted 3/23/21

Three players on Powell High School’s basketball teams were recognized as being among the best in the region in 2020-21.

PHS senior Mason Marchant was named to the 3A All-State and 3A West …

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Panther hoopers honored for outstanding seasons

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Three players on Powell High School’s basketball teams were recognized as being among the best in the region in 2020-21.

PHS senior Mason Marchant was named to the 3A All-State and 3A West All-Conference boys’ basketball teams, while fellow senior Landon Lengfelder was named all-conference. For the girls, PHS senior Rose Graft was named to the 3A West All-Conference Team and will also compete in the Wyoming Coaches Foundation North/South All-Star Game. 

Marchant, Powell’s only all-state player on either team, led the Panthers in scoring with 17.1 points per game, which was also third in 3A West. The senior also led PHS on the glass, averaging more than eight rebounds per contest. 

Marchant’s best offensive game of the year came against Lander Valley on Jan. 23, when he notched 29 points while also logging 13 boards. 

“Having Mason make the All-State is also a great honor for him and is a nice reward for all of the hard work he has put in over the course of his career,” PHS head boys’ basketball coach Mike Heny said. “Being recognized as one of the top players in 3A is well deserved and is a direct result of how well he played this year.”

Lengfelder, another key player on both ends of the court, was the only other PHS boys’ basketball player to average double figures. He posted 12.9 points per game, converting a team-high 36 3-pointers while posting a 32% clip from deep. 

The senior’s most productive outing came on Feb. 12 against Thermopolis, when Lengfelder dropped 24 points.

Lengfelder and Marchant “both were very important to our team’s success this season and we wouldn’t have achieved what we did without them,” Heny said. 

On the girls’ side, Graft was the Panthers’ most consistent player. One of four seniors on the roster, Graft averaged a team-high 11.4 points per game, while also leading the team in two-point field-goal percentage (44%). 

Graft was in the program for four years, playing two on varsity. She was a member of now-head coach Chelsea Buher’s first squad, when Buher was an assistant coach.

“She will always have a special place in my heart being a part of my first team here, as well as being a part of my first team here as the varsity coach,” Buher said. “Rose [Graft] has worked hard for these two accomplishments, and I wish her nothing but luck as she continues on in her next
adventures and will always be a part of her support system.”

In Powell’s win against Pinedale on Feb. 5, Graft notched a career-high 21 points. She also scored more than 15 points a handful of other times.

Graft’s senior leadership was crucial in a year where the PHS girls’ team made great strides, doubling its win total from the season before. 

“She was the player we all looked to lead our team and our program for this year,” Buher said. 

“She was looked upon for her stellar defense, being placed on the other team’s best player (guard or post) and her ability to make things happen on the offensive end by leading our team in scoring and still making good things happen when her shots weren’t falling.”

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