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Long road trip to southwest corner of state tough for Powell

Powell High School sophomore Maddy Hanks shoots the ball in a Feb. 3 home game against Pinedale. On the road against Mountain View on Friday, Hanks led the team with seven assists. Powell High School sophomore Maddy Hanks shoots the ball in a Feb. 3 home game against Pinedale. On the road against Mountain View on Friday, Hanks led the team with seven assists. Tribune file photos by Breanne Thiel

The longest road trip of the basketball season proved tough for Powell High School basketball as both the boys’ and girls’ teams suffered losses to Mountain View on Friday and Lyman on Saturday.

On Friday, Mountain View first beat the Lady Panthers 47-39 and then took down the Panther boys 59-42. It was a similar story on Saturday, with Lyman posting a pair of victories: 57-53 in the girls’ game and 57-41 in the boys’ game.

Mountain View 47, Lady Panthers 39

The Lady Panthers got into foul trouble early and PHS girls head coach Scott McKenzie said he was proud of how the bench stepped up — including sophomore Jasmyne Lensegrav.

Rachel Bonander led the team with 12 points, followed by Aubrie Stenerson with nine and senior Jennifer Bonander with eight. Maddy Hanks scored seven and Tayli Stenerson scored three.

Jennifer Bonander led the team with four blocks and 13 boards — nine on defense and four on offense. Rachel Bonander came in second with six rebounds, four defensive and two offensive, while making three blocks.

Hanks led the team with seven assists and had four rebounds. Also having four rebounds were Aubrie Stenerson and Katie McKenzie; Tayli Stenerson and Rachelle Cole each had two.

As a team, the Lady Panthers shot 18.2 percent from the arc, 41.9 percent on 2-point shots and 53.8 percent at the free throw line. Powell turned the ball over 16 times, had 16 assists and 36 boards.

Lyman 57, Lady Panthers 53

In Lyman on Saturday afternoon, eight of the nine Lady Panthers who suited up to play put points on the board.

At halftime, Powell came back from a four-point deficit, 16-12, to tie the game at 28. Powell stilll trailed by four points, 45-41, going into the fourth quarter. They were unable to close that gap in the final period, either, as Mountain View made free throws to win the game, 57-53.

Two players scored in double digits, with Aubrie Stenerson scoring 14 points and Jennifer Bonander scoring 12. Rachel Bonander added seven, Dani Asay and Katie McKenzie each had six points, Tayli Stenerson had four and Hanks and Cole had two points apiece.

Both McKenzie and Aubrie Stenerson hit two 3-pointers.

The Lady Panthers had 17 steals with the Stenerson sisters, Tayli and Aubrie, leading with four each. Hanks had three and each stealing the basketball twice was Asay and the Bonander sisters, Jennifer and Rachel.

As a team, the ball was turned over 19 times.

For shot percentages, the Lady Panthers shot 36.4 percent at the 3-point line, 37 percent from inside the arc and 46.7 percent from the free throw line.

Panther boys

For the boys’ basketball team, senior TJ Abraham led in points both nights, scoring 11 against Mountain View and 12 against Lyman.

Head coach Chase Kistler said that the team is continuing to improve, having kept the turnovers for both nights to under 20. The team’s offense is continuing to improve as the players had lots of open shots, they just need to finish the shots to put points on the board.

Next up for the Panthers is another road trip, as they’ll head to Lander on Friday. The girls will play at 5:30 p.m. and boys will play at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Powell will return home for the final home game of the season to play against Riverton. The girls’ will play at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m. Since this is the last home game of the season, the seniors for each team will be recognized for senior night.

Powell sophomore Dalton Woodward fights for position under the basket during a home game against Pinedale on Feb. 3.

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