By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Dec. 13 — After the Panthers picked up a season-opening, 49-30, win on the road Nov. 30 at Broadway, the Gobblers returned the favor 10 days later by earning a 57-49 win at Page County on Friday night.
Senior Emma Bacon lead the way for Broadway with 18 points — including 15 points (and a trio of three-pointers) in the third quarter alone. Page County was lead in scoring by sophomore Adryn Martin with 14 points.
The non-district matchup saw several momentum swings, but none bigger than the 17-0 run that the Gobblers pulled off in the first quarter. The Panthers came outta the cage roaring as they jumped to a 5-2 lead behind a three-pointer for senior Gracie Mason and a pair of free throws from Martin.
After that initial rush in the opening minutes, the Panthers went quiet, shooting 1-for-11 in the first quarter. The Gobblers, however, started struttin’ after freshman standout Wren Wheeler posted 10 points in the opening frame and Broadway held a 19-5 advantage at the end of the first.
Page County settled down in the second quarter and outscored the visitors 15-10, cutting the lead to 29-20 by halftime. Senior Caris Lucas and junior Alexis Frymyer hit shots from beyond the arc to get the Panthers going, while the Gobblers would only hit two shots from the floor the entire period. Sophomore Bailee Gaskins also had some quality minutes in the second, scoring four points and grabbing several rebounds.
The third quarter would prove to be a 19-17 battle, but Broadway was able to extend its lead to 48-37 heading into the final frame. Lucas picked up her game in the second half, posting nine points in the third quarter. However, Broadway’s Bacon was sizzlin’ in the third period, posting 15 of her 18 on the night including three shots from beyond the arc.
Just as they did in the second quarter, the Panthers again outscored the 3A Gobblers 12-9 in the fourth, but the early 17-0 run by the visitors in the first proved to be too much to overcome for the home team. Broadway closed out the 57-49 win behind 5-of-8 free throw shooting from junior Lindsey Wimer.
The Gobblers shot nearly 43 percent from the floor and hit 68 percent of their free throws on Friday night, while Page hit only 37.5 percent from the floor and 61 percent from the stripe. Junior Montana Foltz played a tough game on defense for Page County and fouled out with 2:40 remaining in the game.
Prior to the Broadway game, the Panthers fell to 3A Valley District contender Turner Ashby, 48-31, on Tuesday night at home.
Next up for the Panthers (1-2) is a road trip to Woodstock to face Central in a Bull Run District opener on Tuesday night, followed by another district test this Friday at home against Strasburg.
Broadway (4-2) travels to Fort Defiance Tuesday night, before hosting John Handley on Friday.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.
The PVN Sports broadcast crew selected
Emma Bacon and Adryn Martin
as the Blue Ridge Bank “Players of the Game“.
Bacon, a senior, lead the Gobblers with a game-high 18 points, including 15 points and a trio of three-pointers in the third quarter alone.
Martin, a sophomore, lead the Panthers with 14 points.