PHS girls split Bridger Valley opposition

Final regular season games this week

Posted 2/20/24

The Powell Panther girls’ basketball split its matchups against a difficult pair of cross-quadrant opponents last weekend, finishing with a 46-23 win over Lyman on Friday and a heart-crushing …

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PHS girls split Bridger Valley opposition

Final regular season games this week


The Powell Panther girls’ basketball split its matchups against a difficult pair of cross-quadrant opponents last weekend, finishing with a 46-23 win over Lyman on Friday and a heart-crushing 48-47 loss to Mountain View on Saturday.



Welcoming in the first of two Bridger Valley opponents on Friday, the Panthers (12-6 overall, 4-0 3A Northwest) squared off with the Eagles (11-7 overall, 2-2 3A Southwest).

Addy Thorington jump-started a Panthers run that stretched out as far as 12-0.

Lyman finally got on the board with 30 seconds left and Powell ended the first quarter with a 14-2 lead.

“We tried to make them have to shoot more from the outside and beat us from there,” coach Chelsea Kistler said.

A balanced scoring effort continued to pace the Panthers in the second quarter, with a Coy Erickson 3-pointer just before the horn giving Powell a 25-14 advantage.

Neither team scored well in the third, with Lyman earning the first points of the quarter on a free throw midway through.

Despite not scoring, Powell continued to maintain a double-digit lead, as Emery Hernandez got the Panthers on the board again with 1:22 left to make it 28-15.

“I felt like the flow of the game was weird. We had some really good highs and some really bad lows,” Kistler said. “I’m not sure why that third quarter was so low, neither of us really changed much. Maybe we just got complacent. We had a discussion about that and came out strong in the fourth.”

Powell continued to push and led 30-18 after the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Panthers broke the game open and built a 21-point lead midway through on an Erickson layup.

Powell finished strong and earned a 46-23 victory.

Catelynn Floy led with 13 points, Thorington led with 13 rebounds and four assists while Saige Kidd led with four blocks.

Powell held the Eagles to 8 of 50 (16%) from the field and 1of 17 (5.8%) from 3-point range in the game.



After the win Friday the Panthers turned their attention to the Buffalos (17-3 overall, 2-2 3A Southwest), in another top five matchup that came down to the wire.

Powell probed inside early for a mismatch on Waycee Harvey, allowing for the guard to score strong early as Powell held a 14-10 lead after the first.

“There was an opportunity where Waycee had a small guard on her and I felt like she could go one-on-one in the post with her,” Kistler said.

In the second, Kidd hit a 3-pointer and Alexa Richardson had a steal and layup to push it to 19-10 and force a timeout.

Foul trouble mounted for the Panthers before halftime, allowing the Buffalos to work their way closer before the break as Powell led 23-21.

Mountain View took the lead midway through the third, but Harvey and Floy helped Powell regain its advantage before ending the third quarter with a 36-31 advantage.

Powell kept its advantage up 43-35 with 3:30 remaining, before a late push by the Buffalos.

With just under two minutes left the Buffalos completed their comeback, tying the game before taking the lead at 45-44 with 1:25 remaining.

Erickson gave Powell the lead back with a minute left on a pair of free throws, and Floy made it a two point game after going 1-2 at the line.

Mountain View tied the game 47-47 on a jump shot but gave Powell one last chance with seven seconds left.

Unfortunately for Powell, the inbound was overthrown, and Mountain View pushed and a foul on a jump shot gave the Buffalos a chance to win at the line.

Mountain View went 1-2, and one last play did not find its way to the Panthers as the Buffalos escaped with a 48-47 win.

That was the fourth loss in games decided by one possession for the Panthers, who fell to 0-4 in such contests.

“We have got to win one of those games because then it gives my girls the confidence to finish games like that,” Kistler said.

Harvey led with 11 points just ahead of Erickson with 10. Thorington and Kidd tied for the team lead with five rebounds and Floy led with four assists.



The final week of the regular season is upon the Panthers, who will host one and then head on the road to wrap up the final two games of the regular season.

The Panthers will host the Lovell Bulldogs (12-10 overall, 3-2 3A Northwest) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“Thursday’s game against Lovell is senior night for my girls and you want to send them out with a win on their home floor,” Kistler said.

Powell will then head to Thermopolis on Saturday, getting a preview of the 3A West Regional gym where the Panthers will play next weekend for a chance to go to state.

That game will start at 2 p.m. against the Bobcats (5-13 overall, 2-3 3A Northwest).

“It’s going to be both of their goals to upset the quadrant the best they can,” Kistler said. “We just need to go into both of these as if we’ve never played either one of them and do what we do best.”



Total rebounds then offensive rebounds in ()

Points — Catelynn Floy 13, Waycee Harvey 7, Coy Erickson 7, Addy Thorington 6, Saige Kidd 4, Emery Hernandez 3, Alexa Richardson 2, Kenzie Fields 2, Lauryn Bennett 2

Rebounds — Addy Thorington 13 (2), Catelynn Floy 5 (2), Emery Hernandez 4 (1), Saige Kidd 4 (2), Waycee Harvey 3, Ivy Agee 3, Coy Erickson 3 (2), Alexa Richardson 2 (1), Kenzie Fields 1

Assists — Addy Thorington 4, Waycee Harvey 2, Coy Erickson 2, Catelynn Floy 2, Ivy Agee 1, Emery Hernandez 1, Saige Kidd 1

Steals — Coy Erickson 2, Lauryn Bennett 2, Alexa Richardson 1, Addy Thorington 1, Emery Hernandez 1

Blocks — Saige Kidd 4, Addy Thorington 3, Coy Erickson 1



Points — Waycee Harvey 11, Coy Erickson 10, Addy Thorington 8, Saige Kidd 7, Catelynn Floy 5, Ivy Agee 4, Alexa Richardson 2

Rebounds — Addy Thorington 5, Saige Kidd 5 (2), Alexa Richardson 4 (1), Coy Erickson 4 (1), Catelynn Floy 3, Waycee Harvey 2, Ivy Agee 2 (1), Emery Hernandez 2 (1)

Assists — Catelynn Floy 4, Waycee Harvey 2, Addy Thorington 2, Emery Hernandez 2, Alexa Richardson 1

Steals — Alexa Richardson 1, Waycee Harvey 1, Addy Thorington 1, Catelynn Floy 1

Blocks — Addy Thorington 1, Saige Kidd 1