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February 19, 2014

Lady Panthers pounce on Warriors

GARDNER — What a difference 24 hours makes.

One night after squeaking past Wyoming East by five points, the PikeView girls basketball team had no trouble dispatching of the Warriors on Tuesday with a 58-42 decision against the Warriors.

Being at home certainly helped the Panthers, which defeated Wyoming East 55-50 in New Richmond on Monday.

“Just the travel on those roads,” PikeView head coach Karen Miller said. “I don’t know what it is about Wyoming East because for some reason we don’t play well there, but it is always good to be at home.

“This is a good team win. We got to do some things so we are all pleased with everybody.”

If Wyoming East (11-8) seemed like a different team, it’s because it was. The Warriors were missing both Bre Pertee and Haley Butcher, who had 11 points each on Monday, but were ill and didn’t play on this night.

“We had two starters gone tonight,” Wyoming East head coach Angie Boninsegna said. “Bri is sick, Haley Butcher is sick, and we had two that normally play a lot that didn’t get in until later because they are sick so I was actually four down tonight.

“I was quite proud of the girls’ effort because somebody that had never started before started for us.”

PikeView (15-3) junior Lauryn Hatfield helped the Panthers get off to a fast start with two 3s in the opening 1:15 for an early 8-0 lead. A 3 by Michaela Shumate cut the margin to 10-5, but PikeView went on a 11-1 run to end the quarter to take a 21-6 advantage into the second period.

Hatfield, who finished with 10 points, wasn’t surprised that PikeView played so well in the second of two straight games with the Warriors.

“I thought we would because last night it was a rough game,” Hatfield said. “We haven’t been playing or practicing so I think we came out here and really showed them how we could play...

“Not really,” added Hatfield, of getting up again for the Warriors. “I feel like you played them the night before you ought to come in and kind of expect to know what to do.”

It was a definite team effort for PikeView, which forced 10 Wyoming East turnovers to outscore the Warriors 16-8 in the second period to build a 37-14 halftime lead.

Hatfield’s sister, Lyndsay led all scorers with 17 points for PikeView, as that twin duo continues to lead the Panthers on the court.

“It is great, I love it, every minute of it,” said Lauryn Hatfield, of playing with her sibling. “I know everywhere she is going to be, she knows where I am going to be, we just know what to do.”

Madison May added 14 points for PikeView. The remainder of the Panthers’ starters, Courtney White (8), and Alexis May (5) combined for 13 points.

Miller was able to play all 12 players on the roster.

“Everybody, that is why it is such a good team win,” Miller said. “It is good when you can get everybody in and they all contribute. All of them played well, if we can continue to do that, then things are looking great for us.”

Little suspense remained after the break, with the Panthers building its largest lead at 24, including a 44-20 advantage going into the final period, with the Warriors having 20 points and 19 turnovers at that point.

“We were able to run some things we wanted to run, a couple of things we haven’t really ran all season,” Miller said. “It was just a good opportunity to do that.”

Wyoming East was led in scoring by Shumate, a freshman, with 13 points, and freshman point guard Megan Davis with seven points. Chiara Jewell tallied eight points and junior Emily Day, making a rare start, added seven.

“It was a little bit different,” said Boninsegna, whose Warriors will host Liberty on Thursday. “I start three freshmen, we are very young, there is no senior on this team.”

Wyoming East will open sectional play next week against Summers County, one of several ranked that the Warriors play in Region III, which also includes Westside and PikeView.

“I am proud of this team because of the fight that we had,” Boninsegna said. “We lost to the No. 2 ranked team, lost to the No. 3 ranked team and lost to the No. 6 ranked team and we are playing mostly freshmen and sophomores. We are learning, we have a freshman point guard.

“It was a little bit different tonight, but my team was a little bit different tonight.”

PikeView will host Mount View for Senior Night on Thursday, followed by a sectional berth next Tuesday at Princeton against either James Monroe or River View.

“You look at our sectional, it is going to be tough...,” said Miller, whose Panthers’ only defeats have come to highly-ranked Westside and Summers County. “It is going to be a tough sectional. I hope we will continue to keep playing good basketball...

“I think they are excited, with our record this is probably the best record we have had in a while.”

PikeView has been to the Class AA state tournament two years in a row, and getting back to Charleston is definitely on the minds of these Panthers.

“I plan to do it, I plan to go upstate,” Lauryn Hatfield said. “We have been playing team ball here lately so that is what it takes. I think we can do it.”

—Contact Brian Woodson at bwoodson@bdtonline.com

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