The Lady Panthers hoopsters had a hard-fought game with Power in their final game before the Christmas break.

The Valier Lady Panthers split a pair of conference tilts to close out 2019 with a win over Heart Butte and a loss against Power. The local cagers will open 2020 with a home conference game against Sunburst on Friday before traveling to CJI for a non-conference battle on Saturday. 

Thursday, Dec.  19, against Heart Butte the Lady Panthers jumped out to an 18-8 lead and never looked back. Valier put up another 18 points in the second stanza and led 36-14 at the break. The Lady Panthers scored 22 points in the third quarter and ran away with the 68-29 victory. 

Erica Ramsey led the offense with 17 points followed by Loni Orcutt’s 12. Emma Valdez also reached double figures with ten points while Hannah Monroe chipped in eight. Kylie Christiaens and Hannah St. Goddard each scored six points. Kinley Kovatch scored three points in the win and Madison Wickum, Hylee Layne and Amari CalfRobe rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. 

Friday the Lady Panthers took on Power and fell behind 25-5 after the opening stanza. The Pirates continued their hot shooting in the second quarter and led 46-19 at the break. Valier outscored Power 38-26 in the second half but it wasn’t enough as they dropped the game 72-57. 

Valdez led the offense with 19 while Ramsey also notched double figures with 15. Orcutt and Christiaens each tallied six points, St. Goddard scored five and Monroe, Layne and CalfRobe each scored two points in the loss.

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