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Panther girls' hoops rout Lake City 60-32

Tacia Kuhl leads the fast break with Lake City players trying to catch up or stay ahead.

The two-game losing streak Ellsworth High School's girls' basketball team was quickly ended by the Panthers Monday in a 60-32 non-conference rout of Lake City at Ellsworth.

The game was a make-up from a contest originally scheduled last December but was canceled due to a snowstorm.

EHS started slow, leading only 10-8 at the end of the first quarter and 17-13 midway through the second. But once the Panthers were able to crank up their pressure defense and transition game, they put more and more distance on the Tigers, going on a 12-2 run to lead 26-15 at halftime and outscoring LC 16-5 in the third quarter.

"They hit their shots early but when they started missing we were able to run and keep them from setting up their defense," EHS head coach Dave Berg said. "I thought our halfcourt offense was the best its been all season."

Berg's sentiments were born out in the balanced scoring the Panthers had. Shannon Campbell and Kayla Christopherson led the way with 13 points each. Taylor Muprhy and Lydia Kuhl each scored eight points, Abbey Ristow had seven points, Tacia Kuhl five and Halle Hatch four points.

Ellsworth is back at the .500 mark at 7-7 and plays at Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday.