The South Iron Girls Varsity Basketball team continued their hot streak on Tuesday as they shredded through St. Paul Lutheran 79-28 to win their sixth in a row. The Lady Panthers are now a dominant 8-1 on the season and should be primed and ready for the annual Christmas Tournament.
The game against St. Paul was almost over before it started. The Panthers dropped a 35-burger in the first quarter and didn’t allow a point. In fact they were up 40-0 at one point, in a true display of court dominance. Madison Ayers led the charge in the first with 13 points, including a big shot from downtown and six free throws.
In the second quarter Drew Gayle hit a big shot from beyond the arc and led the Panthers with five points in the frame. They eased up a bit on Lutheran, putting up 15 points, but that’s one of the luxuries of being up 40-0. South iron had a whopping 50 points at halftime.
After the break the Panthers got back to business with another 23 points, highlighted by a pair of threes from Gayle. Allecia Cornell hit one as well, and this one was more or less in the bag. The huge lead afforded the starters to rest their legs in the fourth quarter and give the subs some valuable minutes. When the dust settled South Iron found themselves with a 79-28 victory.
All five starters wound up with double-digit point totals, with Ayers leading the charge with 18. She hit four buckets, a three and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. Gayle was next in line with 14 and led the team with four bombs from downtown. Nipping at her heels was Cornell with her trio of treys and 13 points. Enzley Dinkins and Anna Parker each had 11 points to round out the top five.
The Panthers are white hot and will look to carry that over to the annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Christmas Tournament next week in Park Hills.