KINGSLEY -- The Kingsley-Pierson Panthers turned a slow first half where they were trailing by four into a nine-point victory over Whiting Tuesday.
The Panthers trumped the Warriors 42-34.
"I'm very proud of the girls. We had a little slow start and came back strong in that second half," K-P head coach Nicole Goodwin said.
"In the first half, we couldn't get our shots to fall, and then we got a couple to fall and started playing harder defense," she added.
At halftime, the Panthers were down by four, with Whiting leading 15-11.
K-P's amped up defense kept the Warriors to 23 points in the second half, while the Panthers put 27 up on the scoreboard before the final buzzer.
Marina Keck led the way with 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the Panthers.
The freshman was 9-for-10 from the free throw line for the evening.
"Marina stepped up and took charge," Goodwin said.
For K-P, senior Danielle Groepper chipped in nine points and pulled down seven rebounds.
K-P freshman Rachel Mercer had five blocks for the night.
Leading Whiting's scoring was Warrior junior Shelby Rodman with 12 points.
After Tuesday's victory over Whiting (0-2), K-P moves to a 2-0 record and will take on Spalding Catholic at home Friday.