KINGSLEY -- The Kingley-Pierson Panthers put together a good first half against the Falcons, but a disappointing third quarter led to a 59-37 loss.
The opening stages of the game were evenly matched and K-P found themselves down by just a point at halftime, 25-24.
But they could not keep up the pace coming out of the gates in the second half. The Panthers were outscored 24-3 in the third stanza, leading to a score of 49-27 going into the final period.
"They came out shooting well and playing well. We came out flat," K-P girls coach Nicole Goodwin said.
Kingsley-Pierson tried to find a way back into the game, but the deficit carried over from the third quarter proved to be too large to overcome.
"That third quarter was the deciding factor again, as it has been in quite a few games," Goodwin said. "We need to figure out a way to put a complete game together and to get the girls to come out after halftime and play."
Freshman Rachel Mercer scored a team-high 10 points. Freshman Marina Keck racked up four assists and two steals.
Defensively, Keck led the Panthers with six rebounds, followed by senior Megan Meister and freshman Kiana Phelps, who each had four.
With the loss, Kingsely-Pierson's record drops to 9-6. The Panthers will face Remsen-Union at home on Thursday in a non-conference matchup.