Trailing by eight at the end of the first half, Litchfield Coach Rob Corso’s Lady Panthers outscored Staunton 12-5 in the third period to inch within a point, but Coach Corrie Allan’s varsity team regrouped and held the upper hand in the fourth period to capture a 37-30 South Central Conference win on the home court of the Lady Bulldogs.
A slow start by the Panthers resulted in a 12-3 first quarter deficit. Junior Carly Guinn accounted for Litchfield’s sole field goal while sophomore Laura Boston snagged a free throw.
Guinn would be the key contributor to the Panther offense as she heated up from behind the arc and connected for four treys in the game and finished as the game’s leading scorer with 14 points. In addition, she pulled down three rebounds and recorded four steals.
The Lady Panthers found some offense in the second quarter and outscored their hosts 10-9 as Guinn and senior Becky Painter hit from behind the arc and freshman Annika Rhodes scored an additional two. Boston contributed two more from the charity stripe.
Staunton could have added even more to their point total in the period as they visited the free-throw line often, but converted just 4-of-10.
Guinn continued to find the range in the third as she bagged two more three-point baskets. Senior Cara Pence and Laura Boston each had two-point baskets and Litchfield picked up an additional two points from the free-throw line as Rhodes and Boston each went 1-for-2 and the Panthers were down 26-25 heading into the final frame.
Staunton’s Haris Legendre scored four of her team-high 11 points in the fourth period and was supported by Evin Frank, Brooke Kinder and Taryn Russell.
While Guinn would snag another three in the period, Becky Painter’s two-pointer was the only other Litchfield score as time ran out on the Lady Panthers.
In team statistics, Litchfield was 10-of-44 from the floor, 5-of-20 from behind the arc and 5-of-9 from the free-throw line. The Panthers scored just ten points from within the paint.
Litchfield outrebounded the Bulldogs 37-30 with Cara Pence paving the way with 15, followed by Boston with six and Rhodes and Painter each with three. The Panthers had ten defensive picks, but were saddled with 18 turnovers.
Staunton went 14-of-43 from the floor, 2-of-7 from three-point range and converted 7-of-13 free throws. The Bulldogs had 13 steals and scored 16 points off Panther turnovers, however they too turned the ball over 15 times while the Panthers capitalized with nine points off turnovers.
February 19 at Staunton
Litchfield 3 10 12 5 30
Staunton 12 9 5 11 37
Staunton (37) - Haris Legendre 11, Taryn Russell 8, Analise Best 7, Brooke Kinder 5, Savannah Billings 3, Evin Frank 2, Caidy Tuetken 1. Totals: 14-43 (7-13) 37.
Litchfield (30) - Carly Guinn 14, Laura Boston 6, Becky Painter 5, Annika Rhodes 3, Cara Pence 2. Totals: 10-44 (5-9) 30.
Three-point field goals: Staunton 2-7 (Billings 1, Bess 1); Litchfield 5-20 (Guinn 4, Painter 1).
Record: Litchfield (0-1, 0-1).