The Cumberland Gap Lady Panthers opened their 2016 campaign against Oneida’s Lady Indians November 22 at home.
The game got away from the home team early and ended in a loss 56-25.
Dennis Cline was hopeful that he would have some of his junior and senior members step up and he saw a little of that but it wasn’t enough to defeat a good Lady Indians team that had the Lady Panthers behind after the first period, 11-2.
The scoring woes continued during the second period as good looks just would not fall. At the half, Oneida enjoyed a comfortable 33-4 advantage.
Defensively, the Lady Panthers were giving great effort with Tabitha Roy, Alyssa Pierce and Hayli England creating the most havoc for the visiting team.
Adjustments were made by the Lady Panthers coaches and coming out of the break Oneida was facing a different team. The Lady Panthers scored 11 and only lost the third period by four points but fans could clearly see a change in Cumberland Gap.
The Panthers charge continued during the final period and they even outscored Oneida 10-8 but it was too little and too late for a serious comeback attempt. The final score was 56-25.
Hayli England stayed consistent as her last season’s games and led the team in scoring with 11. Alyssa Pierce finished with six, Meredith Neely dropped in five points and Hannah Heath along with Brittney Cupp provided the other three points.
Two Lady Indians finished the game with 11 points each: Sidney Dishman and Emily Brooks.
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