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Derby girls fights through tough Eisenhower defense

Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 10:25 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A big girls matchup between one of the top 6A teams in Derby and 5A Eisenhower. Both coming in with similar records but the Panthers remain undefeated with a 47-34 victory over the Tigers.

Derby had the height advantage over Eisenhower but the Lady Tigers put the pressure on the Panthers with some solid defense, forcing 13 turnovers. The two teams changed leads multiple times throughout the first quarter but Derby started pulling away in the second and took a 21-15 lead into halftime.

Maryn Archer went down in the first half and that led to Derby relying more on its bench to discover who would emerge past the starting five. Freshman Destiny Smith was one of those who contributed a couple threes for the Panthers.

Sophomore Addy Brown led Derby with 14 points and Tatum Boettjer was second on the team with 10 points. The Panthers only made it to the line a handful of times, hitting 4 of 7 free throws.

That was a different story for Eisenhower who racked up 16 chances at the charity stripe and hit 10 of them. Most of those free throws came in the fourth quarter when the Tigers put up 17 points.

Kennedy Nicholson led the Lady Tigers with nine points and Carly Dameron was a close second with eight points.

Derby (4-0) will host Maize on Tuesday the 22nd while Eisenhower (3-2) will travel to Ark City on January 8th.

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