KINGSLEY -- The Panthers (8-3) put up a fight but the Westwood girls slipped past them in a tight 47-43 game Friday.
"It was a sluggish start," Kingsley-Pierson girls coach Nicole Goodwin said. "We went into the Christmas break sluggish against Maple Valley. Defensively, we're not working together, not playing great team defense no matter what we ran."
After the first quarter, Westwood (5-4) had a one-point edge, leading 8-7.
The K-P girls battled back in the second quarter to take the halftime lead 20-19.
Both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter, with the Panthers maintaining a one-point lead at 33-32, but Westwood fired back with a 15-point final stanza, while K-P scored 10 before the buzzer.
Westwood sophomore Beth Sibenaller came off the bench to lead scoring for the night with 15 points.
For Kingsley-Pierson, freshman Marina Keck led the team with 11 points. Freshman Rachel Mercer scored nine and senior Megan Meister added eight points for the Panthers.
Mercer and Kiana Phelps led K-P in rebounds with eight each. Danielle Groepper pulled down five for the night.
Keely Collins, Mercer and Groepper each had two blocks against Westwood.
Keck logged eight steals and Collins added three.
After Friday's loss, the Panthers travel Tuesday to Moville to play Woodbury Central, then host Charter Oak-Ute on Thursday before heading to Lawton for a matchup with Lawton-Bronson Friday.
"That loss hurt, so hopefully we'll bounce back," Goodwin said. "We have a tough week ahead. We've got to battle back and dig deep and find some heart."
Kingsley-Pierson 45, River Valley 22
CORRECTIONVILLE -- A slow start turned into a decisive 45-22 win for the K-P girls against River Valley Thursday.
For the first four minutes of the game, neither side scored, but the Panthers broke it open before long to take a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter, 12-2.
"We had a slow start but came out to get the 'W,'" K-P coach Nicole Goodwin said. "It was not a great effort defensively. We took some good shots but the shots just weren't falling."
River Valley woke up in the second quarter, scoring 12 and holding K-P to eight points, shortening the Panthers' lead to 20-14.
The third quarter was a defensive battle, with Kingsley-Pierson scoring five, only allowing River Valley three points. Heading into the final quarter, K-P led 25-17.
The Panthers kicked it into gear for the finish with a 20-point quarter, holding River Valley to five points to wrap up the game.
"We kicked it in when we needed to kick it in," Goodwin said.
K-P freshman Marina Keck led scoring with 18 points and in rebounds with eight for the Panthers. She also logged six assists.
Senior Megan Meister added seven points for K-P and freshman Kiana Phelps added six.
Keck had six steals against River Valley while Phelps and freshmen Rachel Mercer and Lily Peschau each had three.