Basketball: Mitschke helps Lady Panthers bounce back against Boyd

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, December 23, 2017
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Shooting the Gap

SHOOTING THE GAP – Paradise guard Maddie Mitschke drives the lane in the Lady Panthers’ win over Boyd. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Boyd Lady Jackets did their best to fluster the Paradise Lady Panthers on Tuesday night.

Utilizing a 1-2-2 zone, Boyd forced Paradise into several tough, contested shots, especially in the first half. As the Lady Panthers’ offense went cold in the second quarter, the Lady Jackets hung around, only trailing 21-10 at halftime.

Then Paradise started to crack the zone.

Behind a strong performance from guard Maddie Mitschke, who finished with a team-high 15 points, the Lady Panthers eventually pulled away for a 47-32 victory.

“We were looking to come back after [last Friday’s loss to Bowie] and knock them in the mouth,” Mitschke said. “We wanted to beat them pretty bad.”

In the second half, Paradise began penetrating the lane with dribble drives to force Boyd out of its zone. With the defense collapsing, the Lady Panthers kicked the ball outside, knocking down several open 3s to put the game away.

“We get a lead and we think we’re safe,” said Paradise coach Chad Woodard. “When we’re not hitting [shots] we get a little frustrated. We’re a team that has to hit from the outside. [Boyd coach Erica] Warner did a good job. That 1-2-2 slowed us down.”

Paradise outscored Boyd 14-7 in the third quarter, taking a 35-17 lead into the final frame.

Two Lady Panthers ended the game in double figures, as Mitschke and Kaycee Martin combined to score 29 of Paradise’s 47 points. Martin ended the game with 14 points and made two 3-pointers.

Boyd guard Paytin Bullard led all scorers with 22 points.

With the win, Paradise improves to 10-6 on the season and 2-1 in District 8-3A, bouncing back from its first district defeat last Friday against Bowie.

“We didn’t play well [against Bowie],” Woodard said. “I don’t know what it was. We just couldn’t get the energy going. But tonight it was.”

The Lady Panthers will be back in action on Dec. 28 in the NCTC Tournament.

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