In the opening day of the Grady County basketball Tournament, the Am-Po Panthers beat the Ninnekah Owls by the score of 42-23. The leading scorer for the Panthers, was Caton Muncy. She finished the game with a double-double, with 17 points, and 11 rebounds. The Owls were led by Jayah Rodriguez, who had 4 points, and had 2 rebounds.
The 1st quarter was filled with a lot of defensive stops and turnovers. The Panthers would go onto win the quarter, by the score of 5-4. In this quarter the Panthers leading scorer was Ashley Kemp. She would score 3 points, on a 3-point play. The Owls were led by Destiny Spradlin and Baylee Pitts. They would both score 2 points in the quarter. In the 2nd quarter the shots would start to fall for the Panthers, as they would win the quarter 15-7. In this quarter the Panthers would be led by Ashley Kemp, as she would score 5 points in the quarter. The Owls would be led by 3 different players, they would all score 2 points.
In the 3rd quarter the Panther would extend the lead. They would win the quarter 10-5. In this quarter the Panther would be carried by Caton Muncy. She would have 8 points in the quarter. The Owls would be led by Kaylee Rodriguez. She would score 3 points in this quarter. In the 4th quarter, the Panthers would win the quarter 12-7. In this quarter the Panthers would be led by Ashley Kemp and Caton Muncy. They would both finished the quarter with 6 points. The Owls would be led by Montana Dinsmore. She would score 3 points during this quarter.
The Panthers would shoot 14/17 (82%) from the free throw line, while the Owls would shoot just 2/6 (33%) from the line. Free throw shooting was a huge key to the Panthers win.
Players of the game:
Caton Muncy- She finished with 17 points, and 11 rebounds.
The Panthers Head Coach Bo Thomason said “I thought our girls played well. We were a little sluggish early, but we picked up our intensity on defense in the second half. We didn’t have our best offensive game, but found a way to pull out a win and move on. I was proud of the girls.”