The Portland East girls were able to win their first game of the 2016 season in beating Shafer Middle School, 34-25. The Panthers had been fighting hard all season long trying to get that first win and last Thursday night finally came away with it.
Portland finished the first quarter with a 6-3 lead and went into the half with a 16-10 lead. “The girls did great tonight, they played excellent defense and got a lot of really great shots off,” Head Coach Scott Steinbrecher stated.
The Lady Panthers defense was able to control Shafer’s offense most of the night “The girls did a great job creating chaos on the defensive end,” Steinbrecher commented.
Madison Hall had 24 points on the night, including hitting four shots from the 3-point range. “Madison started the game out great hitting shots and being a force on the defensive side of the ball,” Steinbrecher stated.
“I challenged our eighth-grade girls this week to step it up a notch and they responded coming away with this huge win,” Steinbrecher replied
Madison Linville and Rayleigh Hester had four points each and Sydney Lawless scored two points. The offense was great for the Lady Panthers on the evening in being able to score more than the opposition and escaping with a win, but it was the explosive defense says Coach Steinbrecher.
“The fight that these girls put up tonight I am so proud of them, there is no quitting in this team and they will continue to fight,” Steinbrecher commented.
vs. white house
The Portland East Middle school girls dropped their second game of the year to the White House middle girls, 27-14. White House beat the girls in their season opener in Portland. Portland was not able to avoid the season sweep by the Devils.
White House jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first half and never looked back. “They showed up to play tonight, they are a very talented team and we were not able to slow them down tonight,” Head Coach Scott Steinbrecher stated.
White House kept the pressure on the Lady Panthers for the duration of the game “They put us in some really tough situations that our girls could not get out of,” Steinbrecher commented.
Portland would hold White House to just nine points for the entire second half of the game and outscore the Devils 10-9 to end the game, but with the daunting 14-point deficit the Panthers found themselves in after the first half there would be no coming back from that.
“We did not come out ready for them in the first half, our girls fought hard the entire game, but the first half put us in a hole that we could not overcome,” Steinbrecher replied.
Madison Hall accounted for almost all of the Panther offense on the night scoring 12 points and Eme Loza chipped in the other 2 pints for the Panthers. Portland will get back to practice this week and hope that they can put together a more complete game as they search for the first win on the season.