The Kingsley-Pierson/River Valley girls basketball team took a loss to open the Bomgaars Invitational at the Tyson Events Center on Thursday. The Panthers fell to the second-ranked Mustangs of Newell-Fonda by a score of 71-42.
K-P/RV head coach Nicole Goodwin says having a young team made the experience of playing in a big arena special.
The Panthers had a rough first half that saw the Mustangs outscore them by 11 in the second quarter and take a 15-point lead into the locker room. Coach Goodwin says the Panthers just did not have enough in the tank to hang with the tough Mustang press.
In both of K-P/RV’s losses this season, the Panthers have faced a choking press. Coach Goodwin says Newell-Fonda’s press makes it so that all five players pressure you and turn steals into points on the other end. She says she saw some growth though against the Mustang press as the game went along.
The Panthers now sit at 5-2 on the season with the loss. K-P/RV is senior-less this season running a starting lineup of four sophomores and a junior. Coach Goodwin says that youth shows when it comes to not enough communication happening during a game.
The Panthers take on West Sioux in their next matchup on Monday at 6:00 PM in Kingsley. Newell-Fonda improved to 6-1 with the win.