Panthers split home games


The Powell High School Panther basketball team split a pair of home games over the weekend, losing to Mountain View 56-49 on Friday, but beating Lyman 41-37 on Saturday.

“It was good to get a win,” said PHS head coach Chase Kistler.

Mountain View 56, Panthers 49

The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, 13-4, and led 25-18 at halftime.

In the second half, Mountain View made a comeback that was led by six 3-pointers by Braeden Walk.

The Buffaloes made a total of eight 3-point baskets throughout the game, while the Panthers made just three — one each by Kaelan Groves, Aaron Jacobsen and Jace Smith.

Powell lost the game 56-49.

The Panthers had 14 turnovers in the game — a marked improvement considering the Panthers have averaged more than 20 a game for the season.

Groves led with 13 points, Carson Heinen had 10 and Jacobsen scored eight.

On the boards, Heinen led with six — five on defense and one on offense. Zach Meredith had five rebounds, four defensive and one offensive.

The team had a total of nine steals, led by Luke Washington with four followed by Jace Smith with three.

Smith had a team-best six assists.

The Panthers shot 48 percent from the field, 25 percent from the arc and 36 percent from the free throw line.

Mountain View shot 48 percent from the field, 40 percent from the arc and 50 percent at the charity stripe.

Panthers 41, Lyman 37

Powell led 8-4 after the first quarter against Lyman, though the Eagles fought back to take a 14-13 lead at the half.

The Panthers, however, then re-took the lead at 27-22 in the third, and went on to win 41-37.

The Panthers kept their turnovers down for the second game in a row with 13.

Groves led with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Meredith followed with 11 and Smith finished with seven.

The Panthers shot 31 percent from the field, 25 percent at the arc and 50 percent at the free throw line.

The Eagles shot 33 percent from the field and at the arc and 47 percent at the charity stripe.

Trent Desjarlais and Heinen had three assists each.

On the boards, Groves led with eight, split evenly between offense and defense. Jacobsen had seven rebounds (four offensive and three defensive) and finished with four steals.

Next up for the Panthers are two games on the road. On Friday, Powell will travel to Riverton to play at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, they’ll play in Lander at 3:30 p.m.

The Panthers have an 0-3 conference record and a 5-11 overall record.