Lady Panthers headed to state
The Middle Park Lady Panthers are headed to the first round of the state tournament Saturday, March 4, at Holy Family. They will face Trinidad, the 16th seed team at 5 p.m.
The Panthers are ranked 17th going into the tournament. This is the first time the Panthers have been a Top 20 seed in the field of 32.
The Panthers secured this position after finishing second in the district final against Pinnacle last Saturday night at Jefferson High School.
They played tough and aggressive but Pinnacle jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers came up cold leaving several shots on the rim. They continued to play hard but fell short with the final score Pinnacle 58 and the Panthers 47.
This is the first time that Middle Park has played in a district championship final.
The Panthers were led by Moreya Gardner with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. McCall Linke put in an aggressive offensive performance with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Quincey Pedersen followed with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals.
Hannah Levett showed tremendous fight working her way inside securing 6 points, pulling down 6 rebounds and adding 3 steals to the effort. Lisa Hobbs worked hard on defense containing one of their key players with her quick feet and also added 4 assists to the offensive effort. Every player that stepped on the floor for the Panthers played key minutes.
Congratulations to the Lady Panthers on a fine district tournament showing. This is the best in the history of Middle Park girl’s basketball.
The team advanced after defeating Jefferson High School 57-17 in the first round. Next they upset Clear Creek in the second round with an exciting 50-47 victory. This was followed by another upset taking down Bennett in the semi-final 45-39. Finally the Panthers finished 2nd to Pinnacle in the championship final.
This is the first time a team from the west side of the Frontier League has played in the district championship, the result of the entire team’s effort throughout the season.
Good-luck to all the members of the Lady Panthers; Lisa Hobbs, Haley Nordin, Quincey Pedersen, Maddy Shipman, Justine Bickler, Joanna Eaton, Hannah Levett, Meghan Allen, Delaney Tucker, McCall Linke, Janni Conrad and Moreya Gardner.
A special note: Maddy Shipman, starting point guard, wound up with appendicitis the first day of the tournament and was unable to participate but was with the team in spirit.
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