UKIAH – Prairie City High School girls basketball chocked up two wins on the road last weekend.

The junior varsity squad took a 43-17 victory over the Ukiah Lady Cougars. The varsity team grabbed a 50-20 win over the Mitchell Lady Loggers.

“Playing at Ukiah for the first time is always an experience to remember for any high school athlete. The gym, being much smaller than any gym around is very unique in its design,” said Lady Panthers coach Penny Black. “Regardless of the size of the court, the game must go on, and it did.”

“The junior varsity squad ran the short court well and found open shooters. We stayed ‘in man’ most of the game. Their defense looked good. They came out with a lot of steals and successfully ran them back for a score.”

“The Lady Panther JV squad is getting more confident each week,” Black said.

The team was scheduled to play the Burns junior varsity team on Tuesday, Jan. 25, with results unavailable at presstime.

Among athletes scoring, Breanna Doty led with 12 points; Kailey Kell and Jade Evans each had 8; Krystin Packard, 7; Marika Woodbury, 3; and Kailey Neal and Kelli Woodworth each had 2.

Kell led in rebounds, grabbing up 5 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds. Woodbury led with 5 steals.

In the game with the Mitchell Lady Loggers, the Lady Panthers played “very aggressive every quarter,” said Black.

“We were ready to hit the floor and work hard after having Friday night off. We moved the ball well and found our post players open. Salona Mecham hit a long range 3-pointer early in the first quarter to help open up a 14 to 6 lead. We continued to score off the fast break in the second and had a 25-15 lead. The Lady Panthers defense held the Lady Loggers to 5 points in the second half. We played good team ball and had great support from our bench.” said Black.

Katie Cary led with 14 points; Kell scored 11; Salona Mecham and Salem Fast, each 9; Cheyenne Molt, 4; Kieley Williams, 2; and Doty, 1.

The Lady Panthers look forward to an exciting matchup with the Dayville-Monument Lady Tigers on Friday, Jan. 28. On the Lady Tigers’ home court, Black said, it will “no doubt be an all-out, edge-of-your-seat game.”

Black and Dayville-Monument coach Alec Moore have been anticipating the game since both teams attended the Pine Eagle Team Camp last June.

“Between both squads we had over 20 (players) attend camp,” Black said. “We camped out close to one another, and the girls got to know each other better and created a new-found respect for each other’s talents.” 

The Lady Panthers junior varsity athletes are set to play Ukiah again on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Prairie City.

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