The Valier Lady Panthers dropped a pair of conference tilts last weekend as they fell to Augusta and Simms. The local cagers will face off with Dutton/Brady and Cascade in their final two regular season games of the year before heading to the District 10-C Tournament next weekend.
The Lady Panthers took on Augusta last Friday and trailed 26-10 after the opening quarter. Augusta scored 21 points in the second stanza and pushed their lead to 47-20 at the half. Valier scored 15 points in the third quarter but the Augusta lead grew to 70-35 going into the fourth and the Elk cruised to the 79-41 victory.
Erica Ramsey led the offense with 19 points followed by Hannah St. Goddard and Hannah Monroe with six each. Emma Valdez scored five points, Kylie Christiaens chipped in three and Madison Weikum rounded out the scoring with two.
Saturday the Lady Panthers hosted Simms and the local cagers led 14-12 after the first quarter. Valier exploded for 22 points in the second stanza and pushed their lead to 36-29 at the half. The Lady Panthers outscored the Tigers 15-12 in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 51-41 with eight minutes to play. The Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, putting up 27 points while holding Valier to just 13 and Simms took the 68-64 victory.
Valdez led three Lady Panthers in double figures with 15 points followed by Monroe with 14 and Ramsey with 12. St. Goddard and Christiaens scored nine points each and Loni Orcutt rounded out the scoring with five.
The Lady Panthers will wrap up the regular season this week as they host Dutton/Brady on Thursday before traveling to Cascade for the season finale on Saturday. Tip off for both games is slated for 6 p.m.