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K-P boys start 2013 with pair of wins

Monday, January 7, 2013

KINGSLEY -- The Panthers went two-for-two in their opening games for the second half of the basketball season last week.

They took Westwood apart at home last Friday 59-37 after a close 54-59 win the day before against River Valley at Correctionville.

K-P 59, Westwood 37

The Panthers (6-4) took control in a home matchup with Westwood (0-9) for a 22-point win Friday.

The game started off a bit slow, but K-P found the basket in time to take the first quarter lead 16-13.

The Panthers started to build momentum, and scored 17 points in the second quarter, holding Westwood to six.

"We had a nice night pressing the ball," K-P coach Adam Rapp said. "We forced quite a few turnovers."

Kingsley-Pierson led 33-19 at halftime and continued to drive the game in the second half.

In the third quarter, the Panthers outscored Westwood 16-9, making it 49-28 going into the final stanza. K-P scored 10 more to Westwood's nine to clinch the win.

K-P senior Colin Henrich owned the hoops with 26 points and 15 boards for the night.

With Friday's game, Henrich has had double-doubles for eight of the Panthers' 10 games this season.

Senior Heath Hackett and sophomore Austin Neumann scored 9 points each for K-P, and freshman Jacob Harvey added seven points and eight rebounds.

"Jacob did a real nice job defensively for us," Rapp said. "And Heath Hackett had a great evening, his best career game. He's been playing exceptional coming back from the break, and being 6'7" he can keep doing what he's doing and teams are going to have to stay outside on us."

Senior Ryan Langel added seven rebounds and two blocks.

Rapp said sophomore Jayden Wurth also had a nice night for the team, scoring six points and adding four rebounds and two steals.

Next up, the Panthers travel to Moville for a matchup with Woodbury Central, then host Charter Oak-Ute Thursday before traveling to Lawton-Bronson Friday.

"We're going to have our toughest week this week," Rapp said. "Woodbury Central and Lawton-Bronson, coming into the season, were probably favored on the north side (of the Western Valley Conference) at No. 1 and 2."

We're looking forward to it. It's about getting better and challenging these teams, and we'll be ready to go Tuesday night."

The Panthers are now 6-3 in Western Valley Conference play.

K-P 54, River Valley 49

A big third quarter secured the Panthers win over River Valley at Correctionville Thursday.

They were tied up at 12-12 after the first quarter, and River Valley (2-9) pulled ahead by three at the half.

Ready to go, K-P came out of the halftime break with a vengeance, scoring 18 points and keeping River Valley to 10.

It was close in the final quarter, with both teams scoring 15 points, but the Panthers held onto the edge for the win.

"The first quarter started out a little slow, but by the start of the second quarter started getting into a groove," coach Rapp said. "Then we put together two real good quarters to finish the game off."

Rapp said River Valley ran a triangle-and-two defense against K-P.

"They manned up Colin Henrich and Austin Neumann," he said. "It took us a couple quarters, but we figured it out and forced them out of it and were able to prevail with a win."

Henrich got past his River Valley defenders to lead scoring with 31 points, going 13-of-22 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.

The K-P senior also led in rebounds with 12 to contribute to his double-double success.

Ryan Langel scored nine points for K-P.

"Ryan had a nice ball game, his overall best game of the season," Rapp said. "He was able to stay out of foul trouble and had a great game."

Heath Hackett grabbed nine boards for the Panthers and logged four blocked shots.

Henrich logged five steals and four assists for the night.



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