Lady Panthers host make up game Thursday

Rangely senior guard Torie Slagle drives around a Fruita defender in a game Monday at home. The Lady Panthers will host a make-up game against North Park tonight and travel to Collbran Saturday.

Rangely senior guard Torie Slagle drives around a Fruita defender in a game Monday at home. The Lady Panthers will host a make-up game against North Park tonight and travel to Collbran Saturday.
RANGELY I A league game against the North Park Lady Wildcats was cancelled last week because of the weather, will be made up tonight in Rangely. The Lady Panthers will also play the Plateau Valley Lady Cowboys in Collbran this Saturday.
Rangely scheduled 5A Fruita Monument’s JV team twice this season, winning the first one but losing Monday in Rangely 55-64.
“We beat them the first time but this time they brought over a few more upper level players and it was a good game,” head coach Jimmie Mergelman said.
Rangely jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter of play, with senior Marie Morton scoring eight of her 10 points in the first quarter. Haeley Enterline scored six of Rangely’s 10 points in the second quarter but Fruita scored 14 to pull within four of the Panthers at halftime.
“We started out really well and then had a lapse in the third quarter,” Mergelman said.
Victoria Phelan scored seven of Rangely’s nine points in the third quarter, while the Lady Wildcats dumped in 23 to take a 10-point lead into the final quarter.
The Lady Panthers scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, Phelan added another six, as did teammate Quincey Thacker but Fruita kept pace to win by nine.
“I thought we finished strong,” Mergelman said of her team’s play in the fourth quarter.
Phelan led the Lady Panthers with 15, Morton 10, Enterline and Rozilynn Thacker each finished with eight and Quincey six. Brittany Babineaux scored four, while Kelsey Harvey and Rosalise Coombs each made a basket.
Rangely will host North Park tonight and travel to Collbran Saturday.