Panthers outlast Rockies

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It wasn’t easy for the Parkland Panthers Junior Girls but they were able to outlast a short-benched but tenacious squad from Harry Collinge.

Naomi Muamba lead the way for the Panthers scoring a game-high 18 points, Kyla Kiland dropped 10 and Paige Manning added nine points in the 45-33 win.

The Panthers had a well-stocked team going into the game against the Rockies on March 2, dressing 14 players for the match up while the Rockies were only able to send seven players to the game.

Head Coach of the Panthers Wade Magneson said that the team used the game against the Rockies as preparation for the upcoming Zones in Whitecourt. He knew that the Hinton team was coming in short-staffed with mostly Grade 8 players, but they were able to give the Panthers a run for their money.

“We just have to play with a lot more enthusiasm,” said Magneson regarding the team headed into Zones in Whitecourt. “It will be up to the girls, but were as ready as we can get.”

The coach predicted that the Panthers will face Morinville in the finals.

“They’re a very tough team so well have to come with our best game.”

Head coach for the Rockies Carol DeMong had high praise for the Parkland along with Muamba who was causing problems for the Rockies all game.

“Naomi is their hidden secret,” said DeMong. “With her reach she’s able to pluck the ball out of our hands.”

DeMong said that the team did their best to shut her down, especially in the high post which was crucial, along with closing down outside shooting with the team’s zone defence.

Coming into the contest, the Rockies squad knew that they could be easily demolished by the Panthers squad. The day before the game the team had only five players, but they were able to pick up two brand new players on game day to give the team some much needed bench support.

Téa DeMong scored a team-high 18 points for the Rockies while Alexis Klemke followed up with eight points of her own.

DeMong said that the Rockies team was able to meet their goals set for the game and hope that they gave the Panthers team a good practice for zones before wishing them all the best at the tournament.