The Valier Panthers dropped a pair of conference games last weekend as they were downed by Power and Heart Butte. The Panthers will be back in action this weekend as they enter the home stretch of the regular season and the local hoopsters will be looking to improve on their conference standing.
Friday the Panthers traveled to Heart Butte where they trailed 30-22 after the first quarter. Brody Connelly scored 16 points in the opening eight minutes to lead the offense. The Panthers were held to just a free throw in the second quarter and Heart Butte’s lead grew to 53-23. The Panthers outscored the Warriors 24-19 in the third quarter but a cold fourth quarter doomed any chance of a comeback and Heart Butte took the 92-57 victory.
Connelly led the offense with 35 points in the loss followed by Cam Stoltz with eight. Chance Peterson scored six points, Brett Stoltz scored four and Hyrum Briggs and Kam Broesder rounded out the scoring with two points each.
The Panthers trailed 12-11 to Power on Saturday. The local cagers tallied 16 points in the second quarter and took a 27-24 lead at the half behind 14 points from Brody Connelly. The Panthers were outscored 21-17 in the third quarter and the Pirates took a 45-44 lead into the final stanza. Valier was unable to rally in the fourth quarter, despite eight points from Brett Stoltz in the quarter and Power took the 65-58 victory.
Connelly led the way with 21 points followed by Brett Stoltz with 12. Cam Stoltz followed with eight, Peterson scored seven, Rylee Gabbard chipped in six and Will Boumans rounded out the scoring with four.
The Panthers will travel to Sunburst on Friday with an 8 p.m. tip off slated and then will host CJI on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. start time on the books.