The Litchfield Purple Panthers would wrap up their 2021 campaign on Wednesday night, March 10, when they welcomed the Vandals from Vandalia to town. The Vandals would knock down the young Panthers, 68-31, as Litchfield wrapped up their season with a 1-10 record.
After the Vandals struck first with a three-point basket, Litchfield would quickly respond with two field goals from Jordan Harris and Gavin Thimsen.
Leading 4-3 the Panthers would look to build on that lead, the Vandals though, would steal that idea as they would respond with a 11-3 run. The Vandal run would last the remaining minutes of the first quarter, building a 14-7 lead after one quarter of action. Litchfield’s lone basket would come from Blaine Stewart’s three-point field goal.
After an early free throw by the Vandals, the Panthers would get three more points to their total when Jace Stewart connected on his first basket of the game. Stewart’s three-point basket would drop the Vandal lead to 15-10.
Still within striking distance, the Panthers battled to overtake the Vandal lead. Vandalia would take the Panthers out of the contest when they went on a 18-1 run that would last until the buzzer ended the first half.
The Panthers would get their lone point during the Vandal run from Gavin Thimsen as he connected on one of two free throws.
Litchfield would have four players in the scoring column in the first half, led by the Stewart brothers and Gavin Thimsen’s three points. Jordan Harris would wrap up the first half scoring with two points.
In the third quarter, the Vandals would have no remorse for the young Panthers as they would continue to pile on the points. Vandalia tallied 24 third quarter points, increasing their commanding lead.
Litchfield would be able to put in seven points as Jace Stewart connected on five points and Gavin Thimsen added two.
The Vandals would just be too tough throughout the quarter as they would control the scoreboard with a 57-18 lead after three quarters.
In the final frame the clock would roll due to the size of lead by the Vandals. Litchfield though would be able to put in 13 points against the running clock. Keenan Powell would lead the Panthers in the final quarter with six points.
The Vandals would be able to add 11 points in the quarter as they would walk away with a 68-31 victory.
Jace Stewart would lead the Panthers in the scoring column with eight points, followed by Powell’s six points. Litchfield wrapped up their season with a 1-10 record.
March 10 at Litchfield
Vandalia 14 19 24 11 68
Litchfield 7 4 7 13 31
Vandalia (68) - Carson Ruot 19, Mitchell Casey 15, Reid Well 11, Cole Tarkington 6, Connor Ray 6, Case Goldsmith 4, Gaige Beall 3, Matthew Hagy 2, Preston Nestrick 2. Totals: 29 2-5 68.
Litchfield (31) - Jace Stewart 8, Keenan Powell 6, Gavin Thimsen 5, Clayton Bishop 4, A.J. Odle 3, Blaine Stewart 3, Jordan Harris 2. Totals: 13 2-6 31.
Three-point field goals: Vandalia 8 (Casey 4, Well 3, Beall 1); Litchfield 3 (J. Stewart 2, B. Stewart 1).
Record: Litchfield (1-10, 1-8), Vandalia (8-11, 5-4).