When the Derby Panthers girls’ basketball team is clicking, they are virtually unstoppable. The Panthers control every aspect of the game and impose their will on opponents, most of the time for the entire game. Friday night was no different as the Panthers rolled to a 58 to 24 win over the Andover Trojans.
The youth movement was on display early and often for the Panthers. Addy Brown and Maryn Archer were both big for the Panthers in the early going.
Archer was in charge of distributing the ball from the guard position and speeding up the tempo when the Panthers saw the chance to do so. Panthers Head Coach Jodie Karsak spoke on the play from some of her youngest players saying, “They aren’t just great hoopers, they want to learn, they want to be coached, they are great kids and students,” Karsak noted. “I feel like I have had that the last four years and now the seniors are being great leaders and these other pieces coming in, it has been a lot of fun,” she shared.
Brown was on the receiving end of a number of those passes but was also able to create opportunities for herself in the paint with her efforts on the offensive glass.
Ball movement was key for the Panthers on offense, sometimes making three or four passes to find the open shooter. Each player on the floor knew exactly where the others fit in the puzzle making it easy to score the basketball.
Defensively, the Panthers were able to hold the Trojans under 30 points and created plethora of turnovers.
Mallory Woolston was the bright spot for the Trojans, adding a number of big shots from behind the arc before Derby pulled away too far.
The Panthers look to tack on another win to the streak with a road trip to Salina South while Andover will host Liberal.