Panthers beat Trojans, but fall to Pirates
by Nick Urness and Desmond Davis, student writers
The Gilmanton boys had two home games this week, beating New Auburn 70-49, but fell short to Cochrane-Fountain City with a score of 68-64.
The 1-1 week made the Panthers 9-2 overall heading into this week’s game schedule.
On Monday, Jan. 19, the Panthers started out hot in a non-conference game against the New Auburn Trojans, going into halftime with a lead of 39-16. The Panthers didn’t stop in the second half and cruised past the Trojans with a 21-point win.
Devin Oesau led the team with 15 points and four assists, followed by Brody Larson with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Desmond Davis with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers went back into conference play against the Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 22. The Pirates came out firing and were leading at halftime 33-20. C-FC continued strong play in the third quarter and went into the fourth with a 15-point lead.
However, the Panthers refused to give up and made a huge comeback, pressuring C-FC with tenacious defense while scoring an impressive 29 points in the period, tying the game up with a minute to go. But the Pirates came out on top at the end with a four-point lead, snapping Gilmanton’s three game win streak and dropping the Panthers to second place in the Small Dairyland standings behind Eleva-Strum.
Leaders on the scoreboard for the game were Oesau with 17 points, Damontae DeWitt with 12 points, and Nick Urness with 11 points.
The Panthers traveled to Alma-Center Lincoln on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and will host the Augusta Beavers for Homecoming this Friday night, Jan. 30.