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Panthers rally to win against Weston-McEwen

Imbler’s Eli Bowers (5) shoots over Weston-McEwen’s Linton McAllister Tuesday. (NANCY CAMPBELL photo)
Imbler’s Eli Bowers (5) shoots over Weston-McEwen’s Linton McAllister Tuesday. (NANCY CAMPBELL photo)

IMBLER — Imbler junior Joe Griffin didn’t score a lot of points in his team’s win over Weston-McEwen Tuesday, but what he did was take away momentum at the most important point of the 57-55 win.

Griffin stole the ball from Lance Thacker with 2:38 left in the game and made a lay-in, which allowed the Panthers to pull ahead for the final time in the game, 54-53.

Thacker nearly put the Tiger-Scots in position to win the game after he made a 3-point basket with 2:58 left in the game. He was fouled on the shot, and Imbler was called for a technical foul on the play. Thacker converted the four-point play to even the score at 52-all, but made one of the two technical free throw shots. 

That’s when Griffin stepped in with the steal, and the Panthers made 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to win the game.

The Panthers took the lead in the second quarter by going into the paint. Trace VanCleave scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the second quarter, all coming on post moves in the paint. That forced Weston-MCEwen into a 2-3 zone, but allowed Eli Bowers room to spot up from the outside. The senior hit two 3-pointers, and the Panthers pushed their lead to 16 points.

Imbler (5-1) will host Notus, Idaho, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. 


IMBLER — A thrilling game didn’t go the way of the home team, but left the crowd that witnessed the girls basketball game between Imbler and Weston-McEwen with plenty to talk about Tuesday night.

The Panthers got a must-needed shot by Lexee Robertson, but didn’t have enough to pull out an overtime win, falling to the Tiger-Scots 51-47.

Robertson hit a lay-in at the buzzer in the fourth quarter to send the game into the extra period tied at 41-all. 

But, Taryn Coffman proved to be too much to overcome. The junior connected on seven 3-point attempts in the game, including two in the overtime period. Coffman finished with a game-high 27 points.

The Panthers clawed back from a 23-15 halftime deficit, led by Emma Bowers. The junior scored 13 of her team-high 17 points in the second half.

Robertson finished with seven points.

Molly Von Borstel scored 10 points for Weston-McEwen.

Imbler (4-2) dropped its second straight game, with both losses coming against Class 2A schools from the Blue Mountain Conference. The Panthers will host Notus, Idaho, at 3 p.m. Saturday.   

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