Panthers Fall to Region Contender
February 11, 2013Augusta Independent Schools
On Wednesday night Augusta welcomed the 11th ranked Montgomery County Indians to the Panthers' Den. The Indians came in with a 21-4 record and listed by many as the 10th region favorite. The Panthers have been no stranger to successful teams this season and they were ready as usual. The game started out as a slugfest going back and forth, nearly scoring at will on both ends. The two squads battled to a 20-20 tie. In the 2nd quarter the Indians started to create a little distance pushing out in front by double digits but Augusta fought back and at the half it was 43-35 Montgomery County.
The game continued to be a battle into the 3rd quarter as Montgomery continued to lead but the Panthers kept it fairly close. With :04 to go in the 3rd the Indians held a 67-55 lead and it appeared that the game would move to the 4th with Augusta only trailing by a dozen until Omar Prewitt drained a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to make it 70-55 and drain any momentum that Augusta had. The 4th quarter was all about defense as Montgomery County held the Panthers to only 10 points as they ran away with the game, 95-65. The loss, their second straight, dropped Augusta to 17-9. The Indians' Prewitt led all scorers with 42 points. Brent Bach led Augusta with 33 and Tanner Kelsch added 12.
"They (Montgomery) are very very good," said Coach Hinson, "We did our best to hang around but in the end their size and numbers just did us in."
Scoring vs. Montgomery County: Bach 33, Kelsch 12, Snapp 8, Maddox 6, Crawford 3, Barrett 2, Conn 1