Lady Panthers finish fourth at MCL tournament

By: Caydence Corman
| Published 01/23/2024


On Jan. 16, the Lady Panthers played in the quarterfinals of the MCL tournament vs. Trego. The Panthers put a stop to the Eagles and won the game 35-28.

Junior Karissa Keeten scored 11 and had 2 rebounds. The Panthers out-rebounded the Eagles 29 to 19. Sophomores Chloe VanDerVeen and Savannah Moore teamed up for 7 rebounds.

Phillipsburg also led in assists with 11. Assists consisted of a junior class trio with Keeten, Brynn Billings and Kayla Jacobs all having 2. Billings also had a strong defensive game rebounding 8 short shots put up by the Eagles. Billings had 2 offensive rebounds as well.

This win advanced the team’s overall record to 6-4 and also put the Panthers in the semifinals where they would battle the Hoxie Indians.

On Jan. 19, the Lady Panthers traveled to Plainville where they competed against Hoxie for a spot in the championship. Hoxie put a stop to the Panthers and ended the game 17-56. The Indians remain undefeated on the year and took the championship trophy in the MCL.

Verses Hoxie, the Panthers had 25 rebounds. 6 of those rebounds came from 5 '2 guard Keeten. Jacobs was the high scorer with five. Jacobs also had four rebounds and two steals. Senior Tasia Calhoon came in and dropped a deep baseline three.

After this loss, the Panthers record became 6-5. This would put the team in route to play Smith Center for the third place game.

On Jan. 20, the Panthers played in the third place matchup against Smith Center. In the title for third, Smith Center was victorious. The Lady Panthers lost in the matchup 21-50.

B. Billings led the Panther pack scoring 7. Billings also had 6 rebounds and a steal. Behind Billings in scoring was freshman post Ryleigh Seems with 5. Seems had both an offensive and defensive rebound as well.

As a team, the Panthers produced 25 rebounds. 11 of which were offensive and 14 defensive. The team also forced 11 steals. Junior Karissa Keeten had 4 steals. Phillipsburg shot 70% from the free throw line. Smith Center shot 50% at the line.

Falling short to Smith Center earned the Panthers 4th place in the MCL and gave them an overall record of 6-6.
Hoxie placed first, Norton in second and Smith Center in third.