Lewis County High School Panthers and Lady Panthers basketball teams kicked their season off Monday, November 18, 2013 hosting the Perry County Vikings and Lady Vikings.
Despite Morgan McKissack’s 21 points the Lady Panthers could not overcome Perry County, losing 57-50.
The Lady Panthers came out strong in the opening period, going for an easy 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Each team fought throughout the second quarter with the lead switching several times. The first half ended with a tie between the teams.
Lady Viking defensive adjustments created Hohenwald turnovers in the second half and Perry County took advantage, scoring 16 points for a 38-33 lead at the end of the third quarter.
With Lewis County trailing going into the last quarter, the local girls just could not catch up, losing their first game of the season by seven points, Perry County 57, Lewis County 50.
Holly Hall helped McKissack out in scoring by adding 14 points with four 3-pointers. Destiny Conner added 7, one 3-point shot; Lexie Carroll and Shelby Yeiser each had a three pointer, and Maddie King added 2 points.
Even though many Panther basketball players are still tied to football, the local team saw little competition when they faced the Vikings of Perry County. Lewis County lead the entire game and finished with a 49 to 34 win over the Vikings.
The Panthers jumped on the Vikings from the start with a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and a ten point lead, 24-14 at the half.
The mighty Panthers continued pouncing on the Vikings the entire second half. The local team added 14 points to Perry County’s 9 in the third quarter to sport a 15 point lead, 38-23.
With young Panthers seeing action, both teams managed 11 points each, keeping the Panthers on top for the 49-34 victory.
Charter Helton lead the Panther pack with 18 points, two 3-pointers. Jackson Crews added 13 points with one 3-point shot. Michael Lomax and Will Owen each had 5 with a 3-pointer each. Hudson Brown and Jacob Adkins contributed 4 each to round out the score.
The teams will be traveling to East Hickman on November 26 for their last game before the Thanksgiving holiday. Game time is 6 p.m.