Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
The Pana girls basketball team hosted 2021-’22 season rival Lincoln for a non-conference matchup. Non-conference rival? That’s correct. The Railsplitters handed the Panthers their only loss on the season way back on November 26, 2021 during the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament. Determined not to lose at home to the same team twice in one season the Panthers set the pace of the entire match defeating their opponent 55-50 the final.
Before the game the gym came together for a moment of silence for the fallen IHSA official and Taylorville native Troy Helton. You could hear a pin drop in the 30 seconds that the moment lasted.
The pass first senior point guard, Rachel Holthaus, banked in the first shot of the game for the home court defending Panthers. She finished her night with 7 points and plenty of assists.
Pana as a team did not look as sharp as a pin in the first few quarters though. Making tiny mistakes that added up quickly. A turnover here and a bad shot selection there. The Panthers were sticking with their opponent but it just wasn’t pretty.
Midway through the second quarter is when Pana’s foot planted firmly on the ground. Both teams were changing leads back and forth. Up until they both went into the locker room for halftime, Pana up 25-23.
Things ramped up in intensity after knowing these were the last two quarters team hosted of the match each team was going to get. The game started getting very physical once both teams tied it at 32 each. Junior guard, Anna Beyers, smacked a three giving the Panthers the edge. Beyers went on to finish with 14 points.
LHS PLAYER MILESTONE
After a visit to the line in the third quarter the LHS guard, Kloe Froebe, earned her 1,000th career point.
Senior forward Ellie Kuhn showed her strength driving to the basket and through the Lincoln defenders for a bucket. She finished with four points.
Another senior forward, Jillian Hamilton, displayed her post moves and clutch abilities at the line in the fourth quarter. Hamilton went on to finish with 28 points, a dominant performance.
Beyers too added two more points to the total getting to the line and hitting the free throws with ease.
The game ended just as it started with the ball in the Panthers possession. The final scoreboard read 55-50.
Pana, 23-1, improves their winning streat to 19 games. They will try for win number 20 in a row on Tuesday, Jan 25, facing off against the Neoga Indians.