Lady Panthers show good effort despite losses in Mascoutah Invitational

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

basketballMASCOUTAH – The O’Fallon Lady Panthers traveled to Mascoutah over their Christmas break to play in the Mascoutah Invitational Tournament.

In the opening round, the ladies defeated Triad High School 55-25, as they were led by senior Marta Durk who finished with 13 points. The Blue and Gold came out firing in the very first quarter, as they went on to drain 17 points, while holding Triad to just two points.

Triad would strike back coming out of halftime to outscore the Lady Panthers 15-14, but the Blue and Gold got the last straw. O’Fallon would step it up on the defensive end again, forcing turnovers and getting rebounds to outscore Triad 11-2 in the final quarter.

With that victory, the Lady Panthers had won their sixth straight and they knew they were going to be tested in the quarterfinal round.

O’Fallon was matched up with Highland High School, who went on to eventually win the tournament. In the opening quarter, the game was very competitive from both sides, and the Lady Panthers only found themselves down by five at the buzzer, 17-12.

The Highland Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Panthers 33-10 in the second and third quarter. The Blue and Gold were held to just six points in the second quarter and four points in the third quarter. Some adjustments were made in the fourth quarter though, and the Lady Panthers showed some heart as they outscored the tournament champions 17-7. Highland would defeat O’Fallon 57-39.

O’Fallon would go on to lose their first game of the tournament and were matched up with Nashville in the fifth place semifinal.

The two teams went toe-to-toe in the opening quarter, as Nashville held a slim lead, 14-12. The Blue and Gold would then muscle up on defense, holding Nashville to just four points in the second quarter. The Lady Panthers went into halftime with a 23-18 lead.

Coming out of halftime it was Nashville who responded, as they held the Lady Panthers to just

nine points in the third period, while scoring 21 of their own. In the end, the scoreboard separated the two teams by just three points. The O’Fallon Lady Panthers outscored Nashville in the final quarter 19-15, but it just wasn’t enough. O’Fallon would fall to Nashville 54-51.

The Lady Panthers finished tournament play 1-2, and their record still stands tall at 9-4 overall,

and 5-1 in the Southwestern conference.