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Panthers prep for showdown with Hephzibah tonight
The Lady Panthers are hoping to tie for first place by defeating Hephzibah at home Friday night. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Panthers battled the Wildcats in Richmond Hill Tuesday night with both the men and lady Panthers toppling the big cats.
And both teams now set their sights on what may be their biggest game of the season when Hephzibah steps off the bus and into Panther territory Friday night.

Panthers 52, Wildcats 32
Although the men are undefeated in their region (3-AAA) a victory over Hephzibah keeps them ahead in the sub-region, which may be critical in the post-season playoffs.
Panther head coach Willie Graham said the victory over Richmond Hill was good, despite a few turnovers. He said the game was slow paced and actually a lot closer than the final score indicates.
About tonight's showdown, he said, "It will be for first place in the sub-region. They can throw the sub-region into a tie by defeating us so hopefully we can avoid that."

Lady Panthers 60, Lady Wildcats 27
The Lady Tigers quickly and easily defeated the Lady Wildcats and now turn all of their focus and efforts to avenging the only team handing them a regional loss and keeping them out of first place.
"We got some time to work on some things against Richmond Hill that will be necessary for Friday's game against Hephzibah," Lady Panther coach Carolyn Kelly said. "Our main thing is to try and spread the court out and work the clock down because we know that will be a key factor."
Kelly said her team needs to take Hephzibah out of their comfort zone and not try to out run them.
"If we beat them then we tie with them for first place in our region," she said. "But you need to be near perfect to beat them. We did learn from our mistakes the last time we played them. We tried to play them man and we know we can't do that.  We also know we can't allow them too much space to shoot from the outside. It's just a tough team because coach Wendell Lofton has the whole package. We need to mix it up and find what works for us."
The Lady Panthers not only seek vengeance for a first place tie but it was the game at Hephzibah where their forward LaQuananish Adams suffered a knee injury after a freak incident in which a Hephzibah player fell against her leg, bending her knee in an awkward position.  
Her return is still unknown.

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