BY COLTEN STEELE
BELLEVILLE – The O’Fallon girls basketball team put up 71 points against conference opponent Belleville East this past Friday night gaining a victory on the road. The Lady Panthers are now 7-2 on the season, after winning 71-60.
In their first meeting against each other, it was Belleville East who secured a victory over the Lady Panthers, 70-65. However, O’Fallon wanted to play a totally different game than their first match up, where they finished the game with 26 turnovers and were out-rebounded by 15.
“It has been our focal point all season. I really wanted the girls to focus on committing unnecessary turnovers and really get boards on offense and defense,” Coach Ryan Massey said.
The end result in their second meeting, showed that the Lady Panthers have improved much since the beginning of the season.
The Panthers jumped out to a quick start against Belleville East, scoring 20 points in the first quarter, while holding the Lancers to just six points on the scoreboard. Senior, Marta Durk, lead the way through the game, scoring 27 points.
“Marta did a tremendous job for us on the court. She shot 100 percent from the free throw line and really helped us get the win,” said Coach Massey.
In the second quarter, it was Belleville East who fought back to score 19 points in the second quarter, but O’Fallon stayed steady, scoring 20. At the half, it was O’Fallon heading into the locker room with the lead, 40-25.
The game was a very high-impact game, and it was back-and-forth throughout the entire four quarters. “There was a lot of speed on the floor, and the final score was indicative of that,” said Coach Massey.
Divine Lane finished with 14 points on the night, and Coach Massey said, “Divine started off the game very quick, and gave us an edge early in the game.”
In the third quarter, it was Belleville East who edged the Lady Panthers coming out of the half, scoring 20 to the O’Fallon’s 16, to make it 56-45, with just one final quarter left.
Due to the ladies’ making their free throws, it was the Panthers who got another tally in the win column in the Southwestern Conference. Both teams finished the final quarter with 15 points, which was enough to give the Panthers another win.