In the match-up against the Lee’s Summit Tigers, Ray-Pec hosted a girls basketball dual in the south gymnasium. The junior varsity squad started things off by taking the win with a score of 45-32. But the varsity game would not go in favor of the Panthers as they handed the Tigers a win with the final score of 59-46.
In the varsity game, it took Lee’s Summit a while to get revved up. Even though Ray-Pec won the tip-off they could not get anything done offensively. Defense stayed tough on both teams and they passed possession back-and-forth where it was nearly 2 minutes into the game before either side scored. It was the Panthers drawing first blood, but it only acted to stir up their opponents. Somewhere in the second quarter, then, the Tigers started hitting their stride because at halftime the score stood at 31-14 in their favor. Returning from the locker room more focused and determined, and led by the efforts of Taylor Koper who scored 14 points in the game, Ray-Pec outscored their opponents 32-28 in the second half. Unfortunately, the damage had been done in the first half and the Panthers were unable to recover from an initial 17 point deficit.
The lady Panthers now stand at 4-5. Their next action is a conference match-up against the Lee’s Summit North Broncos on January 15 in the south gym.