It was Senior Night at Panther Gymnasium, as Watervliet hosted Gobles. This was a great, back and forth contest throughout, with the Lady Panthers trailing by 5 heading into the 4th quarter. Gobles started the final quarter on a 5-0 run, which increased their lead to 10. But the Lady Panthers answered with a run of their own, closing the gap to 3 points with two minutes left to play. However, Gobles put the game away at the free throw line.
The Lady Panthers were led by their 6 seniors playing in their final regular season game at home. They scored a combined 41 points on the night. Jaelyn Pitre led the way with 12 points, Zoe Smith with 11, Ariana Rowe 10, Kara Liles 4, ,and Taylor Shafer and Madalyn Hutchins each with 2. Shafer and Rowe each grabbed 8 rebounds, while Smith and Shafer each dished out 4 assists.
Each senior has played four years for the Lady Panther Basketball Program. They put a lot of time and effort into becoming the best they could be, rarely missing a practice and working hard in the offseason. This group won a ton of games over their four years, including an outright SAC championship in 2016-2017. Although they will be greatly missed, the memories they created will last a lifetime.
The Lady Panthers will host New Buffalo on Monday in a first round district matchup. The winner of that game will travel to Brandywine to play the winner of Eau Claire and Brandywine.
Vicky Smith 2 points, 3 steals
Elaine Koshar 1 point, 5 rebounds