Lady Panthers elated, disappointed in back-to-back games

Two games. Divided results. The RCHS Varsity Lady Basketball team hosted back-to-back home games over the last week. On Friday, the Panthers welcomed Fresta Valley Christian School from Marshall and soundly defeated the Pioneers, 58-41. The win preceded a disappointing 46-57 loss to Calvary Temple from Sterling on Monday.

The court battle against Calvary Temple snapped a two-game winning streak for the Lady Panthers. “This was a disappointing loss,” Coach Donald O’Meara said. “We could not contain their best player. She sprinted out of the gates. We had seven different players guard her, most of them doubling up, but she scored 25 of her 31 points in the first half.”

In addition to the challenge of a stellar player, Calvary also “out-rebounded us, 32-16.” O’Meara added: “This was not our best performance of the year, and yet we still had an opportunity to win.”

The Ladies presented some admirable stats for the night. Joslyn Smith fired away, earning 15 points with seven rebounds, and Lauren Settle added 8 points to the board. O’Meara also reported that “Megan Lee scored 6 points in the first quarter, and a box one kept her off the board the rest of the game.”

“This is great sign of our growth as a team,” said O’Meara. “Although we did not play well, we were still in the game with a chance to win!”

The victory game on Friday night was an exciting match against Fresta Valley. After winning the previous game against Mountain View Christian Academy on Jan. 12, the team was ready for a second taste of victory.
Coach O’Meara was proud of the Ladies’ performance, “We put together a full game of defense. We shot very well from the free throw line, 19 of the 26 points were from that view. That’s something we haven’t done all season.”
Beyond the free throw line, the Panthers played their best on offense. Coach O’Meara was happy: “We limited turnovers. We had fewer turnovers than in any of the past games, and Joslyn Smith was a monster in rebounds – 16!”
Lauren Settle led the scoreboard with 20 points, her high for the season. Plus, she was 10 for 12 from the free-throw line. Other contributors were Megan Lee with 11, Joslyn Smith and Lauren Light with 7 each, Shelby Thornhill and Maddie Kopjanski with 4, Brittani Dodson with 3, and Haley Hogan with 2.

The RCHS Varsity Ladies are gearing up for their next contest at Fredericksburg Academy tomorrow.

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