Senior Chance Peterson drives through an opening towards the basket in Simms on Saturday. The Panthers will head to Dutton Thursday and will host Cascade on Friday.

The Valier boys basketball team split a pair of conference games last weekend as they downed Augusta but fell to Simms. The Panthers will be back in action this weekend as they hit the road to take on Dutton-Brady and host Cascade. 

Last Friday the Panthers jumped out to a 17-10 lead over Augusta at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers tacked on another 17 points in the second stanza and led 34-17 at the half. Valier outscored Augusta 17-8 in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 51-25 at the end of the third quarter as they cruised to the 58-41 victory. 

Brody Connelly led the way with 19 points followed by Brett Stoltz with 11. Rylee Gabbard also notched double figures with ten points, Cam Stoltz scored eight, Chance Peterson and Will Boumans scored three each and Trenton Tatsey and Luke Kuka rounded out the scoring with two points apiece. 

Saturday the Panthers took on Simms and fell behind 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers scored 24 points in the second stanza and extended their halftime lead to 39-25. Valier was outscored 43-14 in the second half and the Tigers took the 82-39 victory. 

Connelly led the offense with 18 points followed by Peterson with seven. Brett Stoltz chipped in six points while Cam Stoltz and Gabbard each scored two. 

The Panthers head to Dutton to take on the DiamondBacks on Thursday before returning home on Friday to take on the Cascade Badgers. Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m. both nights.

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