Panthers ride defense to another victory


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Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 10:58 pm
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By Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
The United Township girls basketball team's defense just keeps impressing.

The Panthers showed their depth Saturday, beating Pleasant Valley 52-35 at the Dearrel Bates Mississippi River Shootout at Black Hawk College.

With four of its five starters getting whistled for two fouls in the first half, UT (11-7) turned to its bench and the reserves held the line.

Charmaine Clark filled in just fine for Katie Daggett, picking up five rebounds and two blocked shots off the bench.

Daggett played with foul trouble most of the night but was awfully impressive herself.The senior center dominated the paint, scoring a game-high 18 points and pulling down a game-high nine rebounds.

Neither coach felt satisfied with the officiating and PV coach Jennifer Goetz was even issued a technical foul. The teams combined for 37 fouls, while UT shot 30 free throws to PV's 14.

In the second half, the Panthers made adjustments, played more conservative and that paid off against the Spartans (6-4).

"You have to make adjustments, because the officials aren't going to adjust to your style," UT coach Justin Shiltz said. "It was a very frustrating game. There were tough calls against both teams and it was up to us to keep our composure and adjust to it."

Daggett was 6 for 9 from the free-throw line and the most victimized Panther.

"You just have to keep your cool and know that anything you do, or wrong move you make, could cost you the game," Daggett said. "I didn't try to block a lot of shots in the second half, I just tried to stay straight up and down."

For the second straight game, UT held an opponent to 18-percent shooting, as PV went 10-for-53 from the field.

Tayler Dobrinske scored 13 for the Panthers and was scrappy enough to pull down six rebounds and get three steals. Jamie VanWatermeulen scored 10 points and had six rebounds despite not playing in the second quarter because of fouls.

"In Saturday games, you always need the bench and they came through big today," Shiltz said. "We made them rush their shots and that seemed to keep them really off balance."

PV didn't have anyone in double-digit scoring, led by reserve Abby Elceser's seven points.

















 



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