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Ponies @ Kilgore – February 9

Panola lost another heartbreaker at the buzzer at Kilgore on Saturday, Feb. 9. After a back and forth game, Panola found themselves up 67-66 with under 20 seconds to play. Kilgore was able to hit a 3 with 2.8 seconds remaining, and the Ponies’ shot from half court did not come close.

Kamari Brown led the Ponies with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Tariq Simons added 11 points. Raymone Lampkin had a double double effort with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The loss drops the Ponies to 18-7 (8-5 Region XIV). They return to action Wednesday night at home vs Paris. The Ponies won at Paris 66-64 on January 16.

Ponies vs Paris, February 13

Panola found themselves in a huge hole Wednesday night, Feb. 13 at home vs Paris. Paris got off to a quick start and was up 44-23 with 4:22 left. Panola was able to make a good run to cut the lead to 50-43 at half. The Ponies found themselves down double digits again in the 2nd but started to chip away. A season high 17 3 point field goals made helped the Ponies pull out the 98-91 win.

Jeff Boyd led the way for the Ponies with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Lenell Henry added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tariq Simmons and Tylan Dean both added 14 points. Josh Williams and Kamari Brown rounded out the double digit scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

With the win, the Ponies improved to 19-7 (9-5 Region XIV) and alone in 3rd place. They return to action Saturday at 4pm as #20 Trinity Valley (9-4 Region XIV) comes to town for a pivotal conference matchup. Panola won the first matchup 84-65 on January 23.

See Photo Gallery – Ponies vs Paris – Kraig Cain

See Photo Gallery – Ponies vs Paris – Katy Chance

Ponies vs Trinity Valley, February 16

In a back and forth game at AJ Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 16, Panola was able to hold off #20 Trinity Valley 70-69. Panola found themselves down by as many as 8 points in the first half before cutting it to 34-33 at the halftime break. The second half featured many lead changes as neither team would have a lead larger than 6. Panola found themselves up 70-69 with 4.5 seconds when Lenell Henry stepped to the free throw line for two shots. He missed them both and Tyson Jolly got the rebound and went the length of the floor. His 24 foot three almost banked in as time expired.

Tariq Simmons led Panola with 15 points. Kamari Brown added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Lenell Henry was able to chip in 9 points and 9 rebounds.

The win puts Panola at 20-7 (10-5 Region XIV) going into their last bye of the season. The second place Ponies resume play next Saturday, February 23 at Bossier Parish.

See Photo Gallery – Photos by Kraig Cain and Weronika Nowakowska

See Photo Gallery – Photos by Teresa Beasley

Ponies @ BPCC, February 23

Panola traveled to Bossier Parish Saturday, Feb. 23 and was able to complete the season sweep of the Cavaliers with a 85-64 victory. The Ponies were able to jump out to a quick start and lead 46-30 at half. The lead would continue to grow, to as large as 28 before the final score of 85-64.

The Ponies had a very balanced attack offensively. Franklyn Penn led the way with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Tariq Simmons added 15 points and 4 steals. Kamari Brown and Tylan Dean both added double digit scoring with 12 points apiece.

The win sets the stage for a huge final week in Region XIV play. Currently, Panola is tied for second at 11-5 with Tyler. Tyler and Panola are both a game back of Region XIV leading Navarro who is sitting at 12-4. Panola plays Tyler at home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with a 7:30 p.m. tip before travelling to Navarro Saturday afternoon. Panola will honor its sophomores before the game on Wednesday.

See Ponies @ BPCC Photo Gallery – Kraig Cain

 

 

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