The Valier Panthers experienced both ends of a blowout last weekend as they crushed Augusta and then were dominated by Simms. The Panthers will take on Dutton/Brady and Cascade this week in their final tune-ups before the District 10-C Tournament next week.
Last Friday against Augusta the Panthers took a 17-13 lead after the first quarter and pushed that to 33-25 at the half. The local squad poured in 22 points in the third quarter and the lead grew to 55–31. Valier closed out the game scoring 20 points in the final eight minutes on their way to the 77-42 victory.
Brody Connelly led the way with 23 points followed by Brett Stoltz with 14. Will Boumans chipped in 12 points and Chance Peterson also hit double digits with 11. Rylee Gabbard scored five points, Kam Broesder scored four, Luke Kuka chipped in three and Hyrum Briggs rounded out the scoring with a free throw.
Saturday the Panthers took on the Simms Tigers and fell behind 21-7 after the first quarter. Valier put up 19 points in the second stanza but the Tiger lead grew to 45-26 at the half. Simms put the game away in the third quarter, scoring 23 points while holding the Panthers to just three and the lead was 68-29 going into the fourth. The Panthers were outscored 9-6 in the final eight minutes in the 77-35 loss.
Brett Stoltz led the way with ten points followed by Connelly with nine. Boumans and Peterson scored five each, Broesder scored four and Cam Stoltz rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Panthers host Dutton/Brady on Thursday before traveling to Cascade on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off slated for both games.