SPORTS HEADLINES

Paradise opens playoffs with Godley

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Paradise Lady Panthers ended an 11-year playoff drought last year. Now they’ve set their sights on the program’s first postseason win since 2000.

Paradise opens the playoffs Tuesday, taking on Godley at 6 p.m. at Weatherford High School.

Ready to Run

READY TO RUN – Makala Neighbors and the Paradise Lady Panthers are in the playoffs for a second straight year. The Lady Panthers are searching for their first playoff victory since 2000. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We’re playing good. I hope we’re peaking at the right time,” said Paradise coach Kevin Pope. “Our immediate goal is to win a playoff game.”

The Lady Panthers (23-6) won their regular season finale Tuesday, knocking off Peaster 51-41.

“We played good against Peaster,” Pope said.

A majority of the Lady Panthers roster is back from last year, when Paradise fell in the first round to Maypearl 58-50.

While that experience should help the Lady Panthers with nerves, Pope is quick to point out that Godley is also used to being in the postseason.

“They are a perennial playoff team that played in the regional tournament within the last few years,” Pope said. “They come in with a lot more playoff experience.”

On the court, Pope feels his squad matches up well with Godley, especially inside with Makenna Burt. The Paradise post enters the playoffs averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.

“Their posts are not as tall as Makenna,” Pope said. “Their guards are good. Their point guard is a three-year starter. Their guards are good shooters and compare favorably to Alvord’s guards. We’ll have to contain them.”

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