Seniors Get Win11:14 AM January 11, 2019
The Lady Panthers shook off their lackluster loss at Hall on Monday and brought their A game to Senior night against Kewanee on Thursday to grab a 49-38 TRAC win. Seniors Jenna Saad, Olivia-Hope Toppert, and Skylar Steimle each contributed heavily in the win.
The Panthers applied a combination of a tough man-to-man and zone defense against the Boilers, which took them out of their offense almost from the start. EP led 14-11 at the end of 8 minutes with what looked to be a pivotal point early in the game as Skylar Steimle picked up her second foul just 3 minutes into the contest. “Usually what happens is I get my first two fouls in the first quarter and then I’m done and I end of usually fouling out, but I’ve learned from that and I didn’t want to foul out on senior night. I worked hard on playing smart." Steimle checked back in to begin the second quarter helping the Panther defense to lockdown the Lady Boilers.
EP held the opposition to just four points in the second quarter and built a five point halftime advantage. The Panthers forced multiple turnovers which included Toppert, scoring 5 points on the night, taking a charge under the Kewanee bucket that fired up the home crowd. “We focused on what we needed to, to make sure we covered the bottom people that were sneaking in down low and making sure we were switching and talking on our screens, and it really worked,” said the senior.
The Panthers continued their lockdown defense into the third quarter but also got their offense rolling as they outscored the visitors 18 to 6. The Boilers did not score until the two minute mark of the quarter. Senior Jenna Saad, 10 points, and Steimle, 10 points, hit back-to-back three point shots to push the Panthers lead to 21 points in the final minute of the frame. EP cruised the rest of the way to pick up their sixth conference win. Emma Camper led the Panthers with 17 points. Junior Gracey Damron led Kewanee with 20 points.
The team pulled a Jekyll and Hyde compared to their performance on Monday against Hall in which they were shut out in the second quarter losing by 18. Steimle acessed the team by saying “I feel our attitude changed a lot. We been having trouble with attitudes a lot but tonight we focused on a positive attitude and effort.” Coach Julie Schroeder commented,"We're a special team if we have good effort and a good attitude and I think we came out tonight and showed that.”
They will host Bureau Valley on a rare Saturday afternoon contest with the Frosh-Soph game tipping off at noon.