Freshman Kinley Kovatch played tenacious defense against the Tigers.

The Valier Lady Panthers went 0-2 last weekend, suffering conference losses to Augusta and Simms. The local cagers will look to get back in the win column this week with a pair of conference games on the schedule. 

Friday against Augusta the Lady Panthers trailed 15-13 after the opening stanza. The teams combined for 42 points in a high-scoring second quarter and the Elk extended their lead to 37-33 at the break. The Panthers were outscored 16-13 in the third period and Augusta pushed the lead to 53-46 going into the final quarter. Valier scored 15 points in the final eight minutes but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback as they fell 72-61. 

Erica Ramsey led the offense with 28 points while Hannah Monroe also had a hot hand with 20 points of her own. Loni Orcutt chipped in seven points, Emma Valdez scored four and Amari CalfRobe rounded out the scoring with two points. 

Saturday against the Simms Tigers, Valier took a 12-6 lead after the first quarter. The Tigers exploded for 28 points in the second stanza to take a 34-25 halftime lead. Valier scored 12 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 44-37 but the Lady Panthers rally effort fell short in the fourth quarter as they fell 58-52. 

Valdez scored 18 points to lead the way followed by Ramsey with 13. Orcutt and CalfRobe each scored six, Monroe tallied five and Kylie Christiaens rounded out the scoring with four. 

This week the Lady Panthers will take on Dutton-Brady and Cascade in a pair of conference tilts. Thursday the local cagers will travel to Dutton and Friday the Lady Panthers return home to take on the Badgers, both games are set to tip off at 6 p.m. 

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