Panthers drop home game with Hoisington after top MCL Tournament finish

By: Jaxon Glendening
| Published 01/25/2024

The Panthers celebrate their first pace finish in the MCL tournament. Courtesy photo.

On Jan. 20, the Panthers took on the Norton Bluejays in the championship game of the MCL tournament in Plainville. After dropping a home game to the Bluejays on Jan. 12, the Panthers were looking for redemption. The Panthers earned that redemption when the defeated the Bluejays 54-52, earning the MCL title for the first time in five years.

Senior Rhett Shelton led the Panthers in a commanding performance, putting up 23 points.

Junior Caden Seems finished the game with eight rebounds while senior Trace Hanchett pulled down seven of his own to give the Panthers a rebounding advantage. Hanchett also led the team with four assists, while sophomore Trey Carlson and Seems led the team in steals with three and two.

After bringing home the championship, the Panthers returned to their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 23 to host the Hoisington Cardinals. The Panthers couldn't overcome the sharp shooting of Hoisington and fell 67-50 to the Cardinals.

Leading the way for the Panthers was Shelton with 14 points. Seems followed with ten, while Hanchett attacked the boards to pull down five rebounds, three of those being offensive.

Senior Rad Rodriguez commanded the Panther offense with three assists, while Shelton and Seems locked in defensively with two steals for Shelton and two blocks for Seems.

The Panthers will be back on the road when they travel to Smith Center on Friday, Jan. 26 to face the Redmen.

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