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Mitschke, Lady Panthers roll City View

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
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With under six minutes remaining, Paradise coach Chad Woodard threw his hands in the air in disbelief. The Lady Panthers missed another shot underneath the basket – and Woodard was ready to talk things over.

After calling a timeout, Woodard urged his team to play with the same effort and intensity they had displayed in the first three quarters. In fact, he was so animated in the huddle and on the bench, it was hard to tell Paradise led by 30 points.

Behind a dominant first half and double-double from junior Maddie Mitschke, the Lady Panthers rolled City View 56-24 to improve to 14-7 on the season.

“We got complacent on the offensive end and just made some lazy passes,” said Woodard of his teams’ performance in the fourth quarter. “I’m not looking to run up the score, but I’m looking to good shots with good passes. We were just getting lackadaisical. In our district, we have to play four quarters.

“The gimme shots we’ve gotta hit.”

Despite only managing eight points in the fourth quarter, Paradise outscored the Lady Mustangs 48-17 through the first three periods. The Lady Panthers began the game on an 11-3 run and then mounted another 10-0 run to start the second half.

Alternating between a full-court press and suffocating half court man-to-man, Paradise forced a bevy of turnovers that led to opportunities in transition.

No member of the City View team ended in double figures, as the Lady Panthers held the Lady Mustangs’ leading scorers to six points each.

“We started the game really good,” Mitschke said. “We were talking really good and the intensity was really high.”

Mitschke was one of several Paradise players making an impact on defense, jumping passing lanes and wreaking havoc on the City View offense. At one point in the first half, the Lady Mustangs had trouble even crossing halfcourt against Paradise’s press.

Mitschke ended the afternoon with a team-high 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Hannah Beth Pearson added nine points and five assists. Christina Tipton poured in nine points of her own. This past weekend at the Burkburnett Tournament, Mitschke earned all-tournament honors while helping the Lady Panthers claim third place.

Paradise travels to Henrietta on Friday.

“We did some good things in the [Burkburnett] tournament,” Woodard said. “It was good for us. It’s nice to put a few wins together and then come back into district and get another one.”

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