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Panthers fall to Trojans in WVC tourney

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Kingsley-Pierson dropped its Western Valley Conference tournament opener Tuesday night as Odebolt-Arthur rolled to a 66-37 win.

"We played a really good first quarter," K-P coach Adam Rapp said.

With 11 seconds on the clock in the first, the host Panthers trailed 12-7. Rapp called a timeout to set up a 3-point play which he hoped would pull his squad within two at the quarter break.

But instead of sinking the 3-point basket, the Panthers committed two turnovers in the final 11 seconds and the Trojans turned both into baskets to take a 16-7 lead at the beginning of the second quarter.

"In the first quarter, we played great defense," Rapp said. "We did a decent job boxing out."

"But after that [first quarter], Odebolt-Arthur continued to stay aggressive. We got impatient and turned the ball over too many times."

Turnovers were one of the two keys Rapp noted in the loss. The other key came at the charity stripe.

"They got to the line a lot more than we did," Rapp said.

K-P went to the line 15 times while O-A got 25 chances.

"Those were the two big keys," Rapp said.

Ben Goracke led the Panthers with seven points and five rebounds in the loss.

Tate Rohde and Tyler Donaldson scored six points each.

The Panthers return to WVC tournament action on Friday night in Moville, where they face Woodbury Central.

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