Senior Rachel Hovey took an open jump shot. Hovey had nine points to lead the Lady Panthers, but Melrose-Mindoro took the game, 79-24, using a variety of threats to score baskets in transition and knock down shots in the paint.Gilmanton senior Callie Long looked to drive the lane between the Mustangs’ Allison Gerdes (10) and Vanessa Ponterio.Gilmanton freshman Kaitlyn Johnson (3) battled a Melrose-Mindoro player for a rebound.Junior Johanna Wulff looked to pass to an open teammate against Melrose-Mindoro’s aggressive defense.Senior Julia Branger attempted to split the Mustangs’ defense to get an open look at the basket in the first half.

Lady Panthers start Large Dairyland play


by Rachel Hovey, student writer


The Lady Panthers have started their series of games against the Large Dairyland teams. On Thursday, Jan. 7, the Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs made the long road trip to Gilmanton for the first game of the 2016 season.

The Mustangs started the game with a 1-3-1 pressure defense, which forced many Panther turnovers. The Mustangs were a threat on both the inside and outside. At the half the score was 45-16. Melrose-Mindoro continued to pressure the Panthers and were efficient on offense, widening their lead to hand Gilmanton the 79-24 loss.

Senior Rachel Hovey led in scoring with nine, Julia Branger had five, CallieRae Long and Johanna Wulff contributed four apiece, while Jordyn Bloom chipped in two. Branger contributed five assists and led in rebounds with seven, followed by Hovey with four. Defensively, Bloom had a steal, and Long and Hovey each had two blocks.

The Lady Panthers hosted Blair-Taylor on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and will travel to Whitehall on Friday, Jan. 15.


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