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Girls' basketball: Panther defense stifles Arrows

It is the offense of the Parkers Prairie girls' basketball team that garners a lot of the headlines. Last Thursday night, the Panthers proved why their defense may be the key to getting them to where they want to be by the end of the year. Parker...

It is the offense of the Parkers Prairie girls' basketball team that garners a lot of the headlines.

Last Thursday night, the Panthers proved why their defense may be the key to getting them to where they want to be by the end of the year. Parkers Prairie held Ashby to less than 30 points in a 64-27 win that put the finishing touches on the Little Eight Conference season.

The Panthers' offense was not quite where it usually is. They once again had four players in double figures but people have gotten used to them dropping 80 points on opponents almost every night.

Head coach John Noga told this team early in the year that it would be defense that could elevate this team from a good one to a great one. He knew they would be able to score. But every team can have a night where shots are not dropping. Defense is a constant that can help make up for that.

The Panthers have responded to that for the most part. They have held their opponent to less than 40 points in 14 of their 20 wins this season. Ashby could not get much of anything going against Parkers Prairie on Thursday as Mackenzie Schmuck led the team with nine points to go along with 15 rebounds.

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"We were just out-matched tonight," head coach John Kent said. "Parkers has a very good team."

Sari Noga finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds in her first game back after setting the state record for career rebounds. Madison Dorn and Micaela Noga added 13 points apiece.

The win was the ninth straight for the Panthers. They won the LEC title this season with an 11-1 conference mark. Their sights are now set on wrapping up the regular season on a strong note and putting together a run in the Section 6A tournament.

GAME STATISTICS

PARKERS PRAIRIE 32 32 - 64

ASHBY 15 12 - 27

PARKERS PRAIRIE LEADERS - Madison Dorn - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 3 blocks; Micaela Noga - 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block; Jazmyn Dorn - 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Kaylee Dorn - 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Sari Noga - 16 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block; Kendra Klimek - 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Krista Alberts - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block; Ashley Weirsma - 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Amber Guenther - 1 rebound; Tamara Schmidt - 2 points

ASHBY LEADERS - Mackenzie Schmuck - 9 points, 15 rebounds; Amanda Johnson - 7 points, 8 rebounds

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