Panthers clip War Eagles

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By Terrance Chisolm

The end of West Gadsden’s regular season basketball schedule is rapidly approaching, and they only have a few home games left to sharpen their focus for the upcoming district tournament. This past Friday the Panthers hosted Wakulla High for the first of their last three remaining home games. The War Eagles came out and shot the ball very well from beyond the arch during the first quarter of the game, and with 45 seconds left in the opening period the Panthers found themselves clinging to a 14-13 lead. Senior guard T.J. Card, knocked down two crucial free throws at the end of the first period, which gave West Gadsden a 16-13 lead heading into the second period.
Wakulla High continued to successfully shoot the ball in the second quarter, and they also began to do a good job of rebounding the ball. Another three-pointer by the War Eagles with 5:23 left in the first half cut the Panther’s lead to 20-19. After committing a few careless fouls during the first part of the second quarter, West Gadsden began to execute a good full-court press, Mark Bradwell also began to attack the basket, which resulted in a 33-23 advantage for the Panthers at halftime.
West Gadsden came out in the third quarter and continued to attack the basket. Card had several finishes at the rim, and as the quarter came to a close the home team held a 47-36 lead.
The Panthers stepped on the gas in the final period of play, and began to give the War Eagles a taste of their own medicine as wingman Freddie Williams began to knock down shots from beyond the arch. As the final buzzer sounded, the Panthers’ 72-49 win was sealed with one last three-point attempt by Card that banged off the back rim.
After the game Coach Moten spoke on his team’s improved chemistry and energy level: “I thought our guys on the bench came in and played well. I thought we played good and our defense was good; it’s been carrying us all season. On offense we gotta find a consistent outside shooter.”
The Panthers’ leader also gave insight into his plans for his team as the regular season comes to an end: “We gotta keep playing and executing on offense and keep rebounding. That’s been our Achilles heel all season.”