Runnin’ Panthers beat Glenn behind huge first-half run

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By Keith Sparks

Following a successful trip to Marble Falls for a tournament in which they went 4-1, the Panthers built on that momentum with a 59-49 win over Leander Glenn at home Tuesday to bring their overall record to an impressive 9-2.

Tuesday’s game against Glenn started rough, but the Panthers clawed their way back from a 12-4 deficit quickly, going on a 29-4 run from late in the first quarter through halftime to take a 33-16 halftime lead behind hot shooting and a suffocating full-court press.

Although the Panthers cooled off in the second-half they maintained their lead the entire way, executing near perfectly on offense while continuing to pester the Grizzlies defensively.

Head Coach Barry Boren gave his bench the credit, highlighting their impact on the first- and second-quarter run that was the difference in the game.

“We lost last Tuesday night to East View, and one of the things I said to the kids was that we didn’t utilize our bench,” Boren said. “Carson had an outstanding game with 34 points, but really, in the big scheme of things, when one guy is having to do that much, what it means is you’re not very balanced. When we’ve played well, we’ve had contributions from a lot of different guys, and I think you saw that tonight.”

Carson Perkins led the Panthers offensively with 16 points, followed by Cade Cole with 12 and Jareck Naylor with 8.

In Marble Falls last weekend, the Panthers went 4-1 with two wins over Marble Falls by scores of 62-47 and 59-55, a 75-45 win over Edison, a 78-63 win over McCallum, and a 72-56 loss to Copperas Cove.

Boren said their final win of the tournament over Marble Falls after a tough loss to Copperas Cove was a turning point, during which they found some momentum that carried over into their game against Glenn on Tuesday.

“Our last game on Saturday, we’re playing Marble Falls for the third time this season, we got up here an hour early to watch film together, and the kids… it was like surgery, it was just awesome,” Boren said of their bounce-back performance against Marble Falls. “It was a 16-point game. We were just in control of it.”

In their first win of the tournament over McCallum, Naylor led the way with 18 points, followed by Parker McCurdy with 15. In their second win of the tournament over Marble Falls, McCurdy led with 17 points, followed by Perkins with 16. In their blowout win over Edison, McCurdy led with 13, followed by Perkins with 12 and Hunter Clayton with 11 in a balanced effort. In their lone loss of the tournament to Copperas Cove, Perkins led with 18 as the only Panther in double figures. In their final win over Marble Falls, Cole led with 14 points, followed by McCurdy and Kaleb Bannon with 10 each.

On Thursday, the Panthers will play travel to play in a tournament at St. Dominic Savio, playing through Saturday, followed by an away game on Tuesday at Lorena.

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