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NH girls lose 51-38 in finale

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MOUNT PLEASANT —  All good things must come to an end and on a snowy night in Mount Pleasant  the North Hopkins Lady Panthers season ended with a 51-38 loss to James Bowie. The Lady Panthers fell behind in the first half and could not recover.

    North Hopkins was behind 21-8 at the half because they could not hit a bucket, going 0-16 shooting in the second quarter. Both teams put up 30 points in the second half, but it was too little too late for North Hopkins.
    "We were really nervous early and it cost us, but I am proud of the way we fought back. We got down 18, cut it to seven and just could not make up the deficit," North Hopkins head girls coach Larry Tucker said. "The girls left their hearts on the floor and that's all I can ask as a coach."
    The Lady Panther game plan on defense worked the first half.
"We carried out our game plan on their post, Reagan Williams, in the first half holding her to no points," Tucker said. "But we got in foul trouble and had to change our defense and she took advantage of it scoring 18 points.
    Baile Gammille led the scoring with 10, followed by Miranda Rushin's eight and Allegra Thomas' six.  Freshman Sheyenne Mitchell had five points and eight rebounds before fouling out with Kelsey Buchanan hitting three points, Chelsey Crouch and Sydney McQueen two each and Brittany Flanagan one.
    "It's been a great season for this team. No one expected anything from them, but they did it, and they worked very hard and extended their season by a playoff game," Tucker noted. "My seniors were great leaders and this team was the most close-knit group I have ever had."
    Buchanan, Crouch, Flanagan and Chelsea Houser are the seniors who will be gone. The Lady Panthers will have a lot of experience coming back.  Gammille, Rushin and Thomas are 10th graders while Mitchell and McQueen are freshmen.
    "We had three sophomores and two freshmen who got a lot of playing time this year and with the move to the new district" Tucker said. "Now it's time for softball and another playoff run."
    The Lady Panthers ended the season with a solid 16-14 record and they were champions of the Cap Herman Tournament.




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