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Panthers Fall in All "A", Defeat Moore in King of the Bluegrass, and Claim BGC Championshi

March 3, 2014
Augusta Independent Schools

      On January 11th the Augusta Panthers would face the Bishop Brossart Mustangs in the opening round of the 10th region class A tournament.  Brossart, as many teams this season, featured superior height compared to the Panthers and used that to their advantage right from the start as 6-6 center Drew Burns lit Augusta up for 10 1st quarter points help the Mustangs to a 21-11 lead.  The Panthers would be held in check, never posing much of a threat, for the remaining time in the game.  The loss dropped Augusta to 10-7.  Brent Bach led Augusta with 16 points.
Scoring vs. Brossart: Bach 16, Maddox 6, Barrett 5, Shrader 3, Snapp 2, Tucker 2, Whiteman 2, Jett 2
     After a ridiculously long lay off due to bad weather the Augusta Panthers were finally back in action at home vs. Newport on January 27th.  This one had all the makings of a battle from the start.  The two squads went back in forth in a fast paced high scoring 1st quarter that left them tied when the dust cleared at 19 all.  The 2nd quarter was nearly a copy of the first with only one difference.  Augusta once again dropped 19 points but Newport fell one short to make the halftime score, 38-37.  The 3rd quarter is when Augusta's defense started making a difference holding the Wildcats to only 12 points and they broke out to a 60-49 lead after 3 quarters.  In the 4th Newport chose not to quit but to fight and that created some tense moments but in the end the Panthers went 11-16 from the charity stripe to pull away and win, 90-76.  Augusta improved to 11-7.  Brent Bach led all scorers with 41 points and was joined in double figures by Connor Maddox with 16 and Camryn Snapp with 11.
Scoring vs. Newport:  Bach 41, Maddox 16, Snapp 11, Freeman 8, Gray 6, Crawford 5, Shrader 3
     Two nights later the Augusta Panthers were back on the road in Alexandria to face the Campbell County Camels.  The Camels made use of their size and quickness to sprint out to a 26-20 lead after 1 quarter.  In the 2nd quarter Campbell County used their defense like the Panthers have so many times, to create separation on the scoreboard.  And it worked as they held Augusta to a mere 10 points to lead the Panthers at the half, 45-30.  Augusta would put up 37 points in the second half but unfortunately that was one less than Campbell County scored and the Camels won the game, 83-67.  Brent Bach led Augusta with 26 points.  Connor Maddox added 19 and Camryn Snapp chipped in with 15.  Augusta fell to 11-8 with the loss.
Scoring vs. Campbell County: Bach 26, Maddox 19, Snapp 15, Freeman 6, Whiteman 1
     Augusta would take their longest road trip of the season next. They went to Louisville to face Moore in the King of the Bluegrass Classic held at Fairdale high school.  Moore as most Augusta opponents held a size advantage over the Panthers but that didn't stop the boys from coming from behind in the 1st  quarter to lead 23-20.  Neither team could boast about an offensively challenged 2nd quarter but Augusta did outscore the Mustangs 14-11 to lead at the half, 37-31.  The game would stay fairly close throughout the remaining two quarters but Augusta would not relinquish the lead and won 72-63 making their record 12-8.  Brent Bach led all scorers with 29 points.  Camryn Snapp added 17 points.
Scoring vs. Moore:  Bach 29, Snapp 17, Freeman 7, Crawford 5, Maddox 5, Whiteman 4, Barrett 3, Shrader 2
     On February 1st Augusta faced off against the Model Patriots at Nicholas County high school for the Bluegrass Basketball Conference title.  This contest would not start off according to plan for Augusta as the Panthers couldn't get anything to fall while Model was hitting from all over the floor to lead 21-12 at the end of the 1st quarter.  The Panthers closed the gap a bit in the 2nd quarter but still trailed, 35-27.  They got a little bit closer after 3 quarters but the 4th would make all the difference.  Augusta stopped letting Model control the paint and forced them into shots from the perimeter that just stopped falling.  They totally lost composure only scoring 8 points and Augusta would win their 2nd straight Bluegrass Conference title, 64-56.  The Panthers were now 13-8.  Brent Bach led all scorers with 33 points.  Camryn Snapp added 10 points.
Scoring vs. Model: Bach 33, Snapp 10, Maddox 7, Gray 5, Freeman 4, Shrader 3, Crawford 2

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