KINGSLEY -- The Kingsley-Pierson Panthers jumped out to an early lead against the Spalding Catholic girls Friday, but they had to stay in the whole game to ensure their 48-41 win.
"It was a battle to the end," K-P coach Nicole Goodwin said.
The Panthers outscored the Spartans 12-8 in the first quarter, but both teams put up 15 points in the second stanza to shorten K-P's lead to four at halftime. The Spartans put up eight points in the third quarter and held K-P to six to close that gap to a two-point Panther lead before the final quarter. K-P still led 33-31.
The Panthers wanted it more, putting 15 points up on the board to Spalding's 10, in the fourth quarter, securing the Friday win.
"It was a good overall team effort," Goodwin said. "A lot of girls got in and it was nice to see that. We had a lot of people scoring."
Leading K-P were freshman Marina Keck with 17 points and senior Danielle Groepper with eight points.
Spalding had two in double figures for the night: sophomore Carli Murphy with the game-high 19 points and junior Caitlin Murphy with 10 points.
For the Panthers, freshman Kiana Phelps and Groepper each made made six steals, while Phelps added nine rebounds for the game.
Junior Amanda Weber and freshman Rachel Mercer each logged four assists for K-P.
The Panthers' record moves to 3-0 for the season, while Spalding drops to 1-2.
Goodwin said she's seeing confidence from the Panthers on the court.
"We'll go and build from there," she said. "We face IKM-Manning at Manning Tuesday. They're rated in Class 2A, and it will be a challenge, but this gives our girls a little confidence going into the game."