Panther JV girls finish season on a high note

Posted 3/9/21

Powell High School junior varsity girls’ basketball ended the year on top. 

The Panthers wrapped up their regular season last month, defeating Lander Valley to finish the year on a …

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Panther JV girls finish season on a high note

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Powell High School junior varsity girls’ basketball ended the year on top. 

The Panthers wrapped up their regular season last month, defeating Lander Valley to finish the year on a five-game winning streak. Their final overall record was 11-7. 

Per head coach Troy Hildebrand, the victory over Lander was the team’s best effort of the season. The Panthers cruised to a 47-23 win over the Tigers, allowing just 12 points in the last three quarters. Freshman Waycee Harvey led PHS in scoring with 13 points, while Megan Jacobsen followed behind with eight points.

“All 12 girls played a key role offensively or defensively in this one,” Hildebrand said. “The girls did an excellent job of sharing the basketball and finding open teammates all game long and they really fed off of the positive momentum that they created for themselves.”

Consisting of juniors, sophomores and freshmen, it can often take time for JV teams to gel. This was the case for Powell, as the Panthers started the year up and down. 

But once the team found its identity, it was one of the best in Class 3A. 

“Finding the best role for each player to help the team as quickly as possible is always a key to our team success,” Hildebrand said. 

The coach noted Powell’s two juniors — Abigail Urbach and Kaili Wisniewski — as the standouts on the junior varsity squad.

“We were fortunate this year to have two quality leaders for the JV group in the junior class; they did a very good job for us all year,” Hildebrand said.

Others on the roster included eight sophomores and two freshmen, who joined the team for the last 10 games of the year. 

Every Powell girls’ basketball team — varsity, junior varsity and freshman — displayed significant growth in 2020-21. Specifically, Hildebrand looks forward to seeing his JV girls continue to develop.

“As an entire program I felt like we made some great strides from last year to this year,” Hildebrand said. “Adding a solid group of incoming freshmen with the returners we have at every level certainly gives all of us hope about next season.”

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