Lady Panthers rack up wins, prep for homecoming

The lady Panthers are looking forward to their homecoming matches this weekend. They will play Soroco Friday at 4 p.m. and Manila Saturday starting at 1 p.m. | MATT SCOGGINS PHOTO

RANGELY I The lady Panthers of all levels came away with two wins last weekend. Starting Thursday against the Caprock Eagles, the White team won 2-0, junior varsity won 2-0 and varsity won 3-0. Then, Friday against the Hayden Tigers, JV won 2-0 and varsity came out on top in a hard fought 3-2 victory.

The White team Panthers played well on Thursday. The sets were 25-14 and 25-12. Kaitlyn Cox once again had a phenomenal serving game, going on a 14-point run to finish out the second set. These young women played an all around strong match with several players contributing to the offense.

JV had similar results in both their matches this weekend. On Thursday, the Panthers hosted the Caprock Eagles. The JV team was able to defeat the Eagles in two sets, 25-8 and 25-18 respectively. Miah Wren led with five kills and Kaitlyn Cox with six assists. Lexi LeBleu had three aces in the second set and four digs. Angelia Peck and Kristiana Terry had five digs each.

Friday against Hayden they pulled ahead early in both sets, winning decidedly 25-12 and 25-11. LeBleu led the offense with seven kills. Wren, Mackenzie Manchester, Cox and Emma Winder also contributed with a few kills a piece. Wren and Terry led the defense side with 10 digs and six digs respectively.

For varsity, the lady Panthers really showed what they were capable of. Thursday’s victory against Caprock was a solid win. Cheered on by the student body they played hard and the effort was reflected in the score. Leading stats included Adelynn Halcomb with five aces and 17 digs, Kyrah Phelps with five kills and eight digs, Miley Chism with nine kills, and blocking up front: Aspen Low with nine solo blocks and Annika Cantrell with four.

Hayden Friday night was a little more difficult. Both teams played extremely well. Several sets went into extra points. Fans in attendance were treated to an adrenaline pumping intense match with many ups and downs. The Panthers pulled it out in the end winning the deciding fifth set 15-13. Once again leading serving and defense were Halcomb and Phelps. Halcomb scored three aces and had 36 digs. Phelps scored four aces with 14 digs. Low was very strong in the middle front racking up 13 kills and 11 solo blocks in the match. Freshman Miley Chism was also strong with eight kills to her name. 

The lady Panthers look forward to Homecoming weekend with matches Friday starting at 4 p.m. versus Soroco and Saturday starting at 1 p.m. versus Manila. Come and support your lady Panthers!