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Blowout win for Pana girls over Newton 79-24 the final

PANA — It would be impossible to script a better Senior Night than the one held in the Pana High School gym on Monday night. The seven Pana seniors all scored in the rout of the Newton Eagles, 79- 24.

What the Eagles lacked in scoring, they made up for it in class as they allowed injured

Pana senior Kylie Hendrickson to stand under the basket and score on an inbounds play under the Pana basket. Newton could not withstand the Pana defensive pressure and offensive juggernaut which led to the 55-point blowout.

With a little over 7 minutes left to play in the first half, Newton trailed by 7 points, 22-15. It would be as close as the Eagles would get. Pana went on a 29-2 run, giving the Panthers a 59-17 lead with 5:22 left in the third quarter. The Eagles went from 4:08 in the second quarter to 4:44 left in the third quarter without scoring. Alexis Hetzer finally broke the scoring drought for Newton with a basket from short range.

Pana’s stingy defense forced Newton into 26 turnovers in the game – 2 more than the amount of points they scored. The Panthers had 10 turnovers in the game.

Senior Jillian Hamilton led all scorers with 25 points. She had 7 rebounds. Junior Chloe Ashcraft came in off the bench to net 11 points and seniors Rachel Holthaus and Ellie Kuhn each scored 9 points. Junior Anna Beyers put in 8 points. Aryn Alde, another junior, added 5 points with seniors Kiley Ladage and Lainey Hicks scored 4 points apiece. seniors Jadyn Bearup and Kylie Hendricks scored 2 points each.

Ava Kessler led Newton with 8 points.

The Panthers shot at a 56% clip sinking 29-of-52. The Eagles were 8-of-36 for 22%. Pana made half its free throws, 8-of-16 and Newton made 2-of-10, 20%, at the stripe.

Pana had the advantage on the boards, 33-28. Hamilton had 7 to lead the team with Beyers picking 6 off the glass and Ashcraft, 5. Hetzer led Newton with 8 caroms.

Pana is 27-1 on the season and are 6-0, in first place in the South Central Conference. They are ranked number 3 in Illinois Class 2A girls basketball. Weather permitting, the Panthers are scheduled to host SCC rival Greenville on Thursday evening in the Pana High School gym. The final SCC game of the season is on the road, in Pisa on Thursday, Feb. 10. Sandwiched in between is a non-conference home contest with Cowden- Herrick/Beecher City on Monday, Feb. 7.

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