By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, Feb. 10 — The Page County Panthers dropped their regular season finale on Friday, 77-50, to the Eagles of East Rockingham on Senior Night. Page recognized its six seniors and their parents prior to the start of the game during a special ceremony.
Senior Hayden Plum lead the Panthers with 21 points on the night, followed by junior Seth Cloude with 10. The Panthers fell behind early, but made a stronger showing in the second half.
The Eagles jumped out to a 20-8 lead after the first eight minutes behind six points from junior Kain Shifflett and the last six points of the frame from sophomore Dean Robinson. East Rock then doubled up the home-standing Panthers 28-14 in the second quarter and carried a 48-22 lead into halftime.
Page went scoreless through five minutes of the first quarter continued to struggle through the second. The Panthers then matched the visitors 16-16 in the third frame and stayed close at 13-12 in the fourth quarter, as East Rock began to substitute freely.
The game was never in question as East Rock carried a double-digit lead from midway through the first period until the end of the game, with the biggest lead stretching to 28 points. Shifflett ended with a game-high 22 points, while Robinson added 17. Senior Xavier Shifflett had 12 points on the night.
The win keeps East Rock in a three-way tie for first place with Madison and Clarke at 13-3 in district play. All three teams won their regular season finales on the road Friday night. District officials will now determine the top three seedings through tie-breakers for Monday night’s quarterfinal round of the Bull Run District Tournament.
With the loss, Page County drops to 10-12 overall and 6-10 in district play. The Panthers will likely receive a No. 6 seed in the district tournament and could potentially travel to Elkton to face the Eagles again on Monday night.
Higher seeds will host throughout the Bull Run tournament, with quarterfinals scheduled for Monday, semifinals on Wednesday, and the Bull Run championship is set for next Friday, Feb. 17.
The Region B tournament will start Tuesday, Feb. 21.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.
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