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Basketball: Paradise falters late – Lady Panthers held to 10 second-half points

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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The Paradise Lady Panthers’ upset bid remained intact through the first half Friday night.

Duking it out with 8-3A’s lone unbeaten team Bowie, Paradise came out swinging. The Lady Panthers knocked down five 3-pointers in the first half to jump out to a 24-17 halftime lead.

ROUGH HALF – Paradise’s Hannah Beth Pearson looks to drive against Bowie. Pearson was the Lady Panthers’ leading scorer with 11 points. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Then the Lady Jackrabbits counter-punched.

Behind an 11-0 run to start the third quarter, Bowie quickly shifted momentum and came away with a 45-34 victory to remain undefeated in district play.

“Bowie turned it up and we didn’t,” said Paradise coach Chad Woodard. “Bowie’s intensity on defense stepped up and we did not. We’ve got to learn how to respond and still run our sets and believe in them and score no matter what defense we’re going against. We’ve got to execute our offense.”

Paradise turned the ball over on its first four possessions of the second half to help Bowie mount its run. The Lady Panthers often forced the issue on offense, dribbling into the teeth of the Lady Jackrabbits’ defense.

With minimal floor spacing, Bowie’s defense collapsed and took away the drive. Unable to adjust, Paradise scored just two points in the third quarter and committed over 10 turnovers on the night.

“I credit a lot to Bowie,” said Woodard of Paradise’s second half struggles. “I’ve got to have players step up and in big moments make plays. And we will. There’s a lot of basketball left.”

Hannah Beth Pearson led the Lady Panthers in scoring with 11 points and was the only Paradise player to end in double figures. Hunter Rogers added eight points and seven rebounds. Maddie Mitschke tallied five points and eight rebounds.

Bowie’s Kamryn Campbell led all scorers with 22 and was responsible for all 10 of the Lady Jackrabbits’ first quarter points.

The Lady Panthers have now lost three games in a row, falling to 15-10 on the season and 5-4 in district play. Paradise and Holliday are currently tied for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the league. The Lady Panthers currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. Those two meet again Feb. 2 in Holliday.

Paradise took on rival Boyd Tuesday and will face City View Friday.

“Every game from here on out is big,” Woodard said. “I don’t care who it is.”

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