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Valier senior Brett Stoltz looks for an incoming pass while boxing out a Heart Butte defender. Stoltz was second on the team in scoring with 18 points.

The Panther boys basketball squad dropped a pair of conference tilts last week as they fell to Heart Butte and Power. The local cagers will look to right the ship this week when Sunburst and Geraldine/Highwood come to town. 

The Panthers trailed 11-5 after the first quarter against the Warriors. The second stanza saw more offense from both squads but the Panthers trailed 36-24 at the half. Heart Butte added a point to their advantage after three quarters as the teams entered the fourth at 52-39. Valier put up 23 points in the final eight minutes but it wasn’t enough as they fell 72-62. 

Brody Connelly led the offense with 26 points followed by Brett Stoltz with 18. Kamden Broesder also hit double figures with 13 points and Will Bowmans rounded out the scoring with five. 

Saturday against Power the Panthers trailed 7-6 after the first quarter. Valier was outscored 10-8 in the second quarter and were down 17-14 at the half. Power started to pull away in the third quarter as they took a 34-24 lead into the fourth where they held on for the 46-34 victory. 

Connelly and Brett Stoltz scored ten points each to lead the offense followed by Cam Stoltz with eight. Jacob Kuka and Broesder rounded out the scoring with three points each. 

The Panthers traveled to Heart Butte on Tuesday and will host Sunburst on Friday and Geraldine/Highwood on Saturday. 

For more Valier High School sports coverage of last week's action, pick up a copy or subscribe to The Valerian at http://www.cutbnakpioneerpress.com/site/services/

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