Watervliet hosted a scrappy, well-coached Lawrence team, hoping to improve their division record to 5-0. The Lady Panthers were a step slow all first half, which landed several players in foul trouble. The Lady Tigers lead 29-24 at the half, but the Lady Panthers picked up their efforts and cut the lead to 1 heading into the 4th quarter. Watervliet went on a 16-5 run and led by 10 midway through the final period. They hung on to win 59-54.
Watervliet was led by Ariana Rowe with 19 points, including 10 in the 4th quarter. Jaelyn Pitre caught fire in the 2nd quarter and finished with 13 points.
Vicky Smith came off the bench to play her best game of the season, making several momentum changing plays and playing great defense on Lawrence’s All-State point guard. Madalyn Hutchins also made several good plays and finished with 7 points.
The Lady Panthers are now 5-0 in their division and 7-1 overall. They will face a tough test next Tuesday, when they travel to face the #4 ranked team in Class C, the Schoolcraft Eagles.
Z. Smith 7 points
V. Smith 4 points
Celina K. 4 points
Kara Liles 4 points
T. Shafer 1 point