Lady Panthers win two league games

Rangely High School sophomore Jess Tolley holds her painting of a snow leopard, which was chosen to be included in the annual Celebrating Art publication last year. Tolley’s pencil drawing of an angel was selected for this year’s publication.
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Senior Brittany Babineaux (20) making a side shot. Babineaux led the lady Panthers with 13 points against Soroco.
Senior Brittany Babineaux (20) making a side shot. Babineaux led the lady Panthers with 13 points against Soroco.
RANGELY I The lady Panthers basketball team won two league games last weekend defeating the lady Tigers (49-35) in Hayden last Friday then beating the lady Rams from Soroco (36-29) at home Saturday last. The lady Panthers will travel to Vail this Saturday to play Vail Christian.
“Hayden played a good game against us,” Rangely head coach Quinton Kent said. “They were a much improved team from the first time we played them.”
Rangely started with an 8-4 lead after the first quarter and led by just two at halftime. The lady Panthers took a six point lead into the final quarter where they outscored the lady Tigers 18-10, to win by 14.
“I was really proud of the way my girls responded in the second half,” Kent said of his team’s play. “Our defense stepped up and created some turnovers that led to some much needed offense. It wasn’t the prettiest game but any time you can get a league win on the road, we will take it.”
Seniors Brittany Babineaux and Quincey Thacker each scored 16 points and pulled down nine and 15 rebounds, respectively. Aimee Hogan finished with eight, Kelsey Prosser added five and Leslie Hernandez scored four against the lady Tigers.
The lady Panthers fell behind 10-13 at the end of the first quarter but came back to tie the game at halftime before pulling out the win in the second half.
“Soroco had a good game plan defensively and they were shooting well in the first quarter,” Kent said. “We buckled down defensively and made the plays offensively to build a big enough cushion to hold on for the win.”
Babineaux led the team with 13 points and had nine rebounds, Thacker scored 11 points and pulled down the same number of rebounds. Hogan and Prosser each scored four points and recorded 10 rebounds between them. Hernandez and Chelsea Ficken each finished with two points.
The lady Panthers will only play one game this Saturday in Vail.