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Panthers knock off top-ranked Tigers

Following a furious half of girls’ basketball between Glencoe-Silver Lake and visiting Hutchinson on Friday, Dec. 8, a promising contest appeared to be headed towards loss No. 1 of the season for the home side.
Not long after taking a 31-23 first-half lead as guard McKenna Monahan set out on what became a 40-point night, the Panthers went into halftime trailing the Tigers 41-37.
As the second half began, the Tigers – which had ascended to the No. 1 spot in the Class AAA rankings one day earlier – began to pull away as the contest moved perilously close to “good loss” territory for GSL.
However, down by as many as 17 points midway through the second stanza, the Panthers picked themselves up off the mat in a manner reminiscent of Hulk Hogan in the prime of his career, and began turning the tables on their bigger, badder opponent.
“We were weathering the storm and I was hoping we still had a run in us,” coach Jeff Monahan said. “All of a sudden, they go cold, we get a few turnovers, hit a few shots and got back in the game.”

For more on this story, see the Dec. 13 issue of the Chronicle.