First round loss ends lady Panthers bid for state basketball title |

First round loss ends lady Panthers bid for state basketball title

Middle Park's lady Panthers basketball squad ended their bid for a state title last week after a tough loss in the first round of the tournament.
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Middle Park High School’s promising run for a state basketball title ended over the weekend as the lady Panthers suffered a tough loss in the first round of the championship tournament.

Late last week the Middle Park High School girls basketball squad took to the road for the first round of the 3A Colorado State Basketball Tournament. The lady Panthers headed south to Delta to face off against the SkyView Academy lady Hawks to determine who would move on in the single elimination tournament bracket.

Granby’s lady Panthers were sporting a solid 16-5 overall record heading into the state tournament and had most recently wrapped up a successful stint at districts, going 2-1 while securing a slot for the team in the state tournament. Their opponents for last Friday’s game, the Highlands Ranch based SkyView Academy, had previously defeated the Panthers in a mid-December contest.

The first quarter of basketball action last Friday was a close contest as the Panthers mostly matched their Front Range opponents. As the first quarter ended the Panthers were three points behind at 10-13. The second quarter was a tough one for the girls from East Grand who were outscored 2-11, bringing the tally to 12-24 at the half.

The Panthers found their sea-legs in the third quarter and outscored the lady Hawks by one, bringing the score total to 21-32. The lady Panthers went on to post 10 additional points in the fourth quarter to the lady Hawk’s 13, bringing the final score to 31-45.

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