STATCHAT: PHS sports teams have successful weekend

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Madi Fields

The Powell Lady Panther basketball team runs through a play against the Big Piney Lady Punchers Feb. 2.

The Powell girls’ basketball team hosted the Pinedale Lady Wranglers on Feb. 1 and won 38-30. The Lady Panthers started well and were up by many points going into halftime.

The following day, PHS matched up against the Big Piney Lady Punchers who had trouble scoring, and the Lady Panthers prevailed 33-9.

“I think the games went pretty well; they definitely started off slow, but we pulled it out in both games,” said junior Michele Wagner. “The team worked together really well and showed our potential.”

The Lady Panthers take on the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats Saturday Feb.8 before heading into the second round of conference play the following Tuesday when they will take on the Worland Lady Warriors at home.

The Panther basketball team also played against Pinedale Wranglers Friday, Feb. 1, but fell 55-46.

“There was a lot of miscommunication and some defensive errors,” said junior Aidan Jacobsen about the games on Feb. 1-2.  “We got really stagnant on offense. Just couldn’t get things rolling and shots falling.”

On Saturday the boys fell 48-38 against Big Piney. Although the Panthers didn’t get the win they wanted, Jacobsen said he was proud of his defense during the game but there is still work to be done before the next game on Feb. 8.

The Panther JV wrestling team headed to Greybull on Feb. 2 and placed fourth out of 12 teams with 101 points.

The team had a quality outcome with many wrestlers placing in the top four in their weight classes.

In the 103-pound weight class, Logan Werner was second. Brent Childers took fourth in the 113 division. Junior Trevor Feller placed fourth at 126. Junior Colby Bennett placed in the 138 division, in the 220 division Junior Carson Olsen placed second, and senior Sawyer Mauthe placed third in the 285 division.

“I did OK; it wasn’t my best performance, but I am working on it,” Olsen said. “The team did well … just little things to fix. We just need to work on the little mistakes that cost the team points.”