RAVENWOOD, Mo. — The South Nodaway Longhorns came out with a shocker of a start that blindsided the Mound City Panthers. Unfortunately, South Nodaway couldn’t keep its momentum going as the Panthers regained composure to win it 47-24.
“There in that first quarter our girls really executed the game plan well,” South Nodaway coach Aaron Murphy said. “As it went on we kind of missed some assignments and did some things we didn’t want to do, but Mound City stuck to their game plan.”
After a scoreless start to the first quarter, South Nodaway’s Alex Buckles struck first with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. Kaylin LaMaster followed up with a shot before Mound City could find the net at its end to trail 4-2.
With just over a minute remaining Hannah Wilmes hit a three-pointer followed later by another from Eryn Kemper. South Nodaway would lead 10-8 after the first quarter for a much-needed strong start against a hungry Panther team.
A trio of three-pointers for Mound City captured the lead for the Panthers and they never looked back. South Nodaway responded with a three-pointer from LaMaster, but the Panthers outscored the Longhorns 16-7 for a 26-15 halftime lead.
Another hot start helped the Panthers grow their lead as South Nodaway struggled to keep things going offensively.
“We just lost that confidence with our shooting that we started with,” Murphy said. “Mound City has those couple of girls that have the mindset that they’re going to shoot as soon as the ball hits their hands.”
Murphy did say that the senior leadership from Savannah Bennett, Buckles, Elizabeth Turpin, and Dolores Holtman was huge in rebuilding the team.
“We went out and accomplished a lot of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season, and a lot of that is due to the great leadership we had in our seniors,” he said. “It was a tough season, but they never gave up on our team, and none of the girls gave up on the season. I’m proud of them all for that.”
LaMaster led the team with nine points followed by Wilmes, Buckles, and Turpin with four each and Kemper with three points.