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RANGELY | The Rangely Panthers kicked off their second week of the season with a tough game against Vail Christian. The boys fought to stay close in the first half but struggled to finish at the basket, making half their points at the free-throw line. Coming out of halftime Rangely started on a hot streak, outscoring the Saints 12-9 in the third quarter. Turnovers, however, turned out to be the Panther’s downfall in the fourth quarter, leading to a final score of 35-61. Of the eight Panthers that scored, Gabe Polley led with seven points, closely followed by Timothy Scoggins and Sydney Cole with five points. Keihlin Myers pitched in four assists, while Sydney Cole also proved to be crucial on defense, ripping down 10 boards.
On Feb. 4, the Rangely Panthers held their first league matchup at home, hosting the Hayden Tigers. The Panthers started slow in the first quarter, being outscored 6-11, but quickly found their rhythm going into the second quarter matching the Tigers 13 points. Rangely continued to fight for the win in the second half, narrowly outscoring Hayden by one in the third quarter. However, the Tigers’ first-quarter lead proved to be hard to overcome, leading to a final score of 48-52. Coach Kyle Boydstun commented, “I thought our boys showed a lot of improvement this week, and we were better able to settle into our offense.” Marstan Wagner had the unenviable task of holding Hayden’s all-conference guard, Liam Frentress, in check. Wagner ensured that Frentress had to earn each of his 20 points. Sydney Cole kept the Panthers close with a monstrous effort in the paint with 37 rebounds and 27 points. Kevin Wren pitched in seven points and led Rangely with six assists.
The Panthers JV team lost to Hayden in an overtime thriller by one point.
This week, the Panthers hosted Grand Valley on Tuesday and will travel to North Park on Friday.
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