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Belle Plaine bounces Panthers out of girls’ basketball playoffs

The season came to an abrupt and surprising end for the Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball team, as the Panthers were upset at home by Belle Plaine, 64-59, in the opening game of the Section 2AA Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
GSL, seeded fourth in the 2AA North subsection, entered the game on a two-game losing streak to end the regular season against the fifth-seeded Tigers.
Hopes were high that the Panthers would be able to claim a win in their final home game of the 2018-19 campaign as GSL had not lost to Belle Plaine since Dec. 4, 2012, and had beaten the Tigers 67-46 on the very same court two months ago.
However, Belle Plaine turned the tables on the Panthers this time after having their season ended by GSL in two of the past four years.
The Tigers took advantage of a Panther side that had a hard time with its layups to build a 28-22 halftime lead on the hosts.
Both teams turned up the offense in the second half. Senior guard Alison Kettner hit several crucial three pointers over the final 18 minutes to keep GSL in the game.
However, in spite of scoring 37 second half points, the Panthers were unable to put more than a modest dent in Belle Plaine’s lead.
Despite having the game’s top two scorers, GSL’s season came to a disappointing end as the final horn sounded on a five-point loss.
Sophomore guard Miah Monahan, who cracked the 1,000-point barrier a week previous, led all scorers with 22 points.
Kettner scored 18 points while backcourt mate Olivia Lemke, also playing in her final game as a senior, recorded 12 points. No other Panther scored more than three points in the loss.
The defeat closed the book on an up-and-down 2018-19 campaign for GSL as the team finished with an even 13-13 record. It is the Panthers’ lowest win total since the team went 11-17 in 2013-14 and the squad’s first loss in a sectional opener since the end of the 2012-13 campaign.