DERBY, Kan. - The Maize and Derby boys had the unenviable task of trying to follow the high intensity girls game just prior to theirs, but somehow they managed to give the fans more than their money's worth on Tuesday night. This one went down to the wire and saw the Eagles escape with a 58-57 victory.
Dec, 11, 2018; Derby, Kansas, USA; The Derby Panthers played the Maize Eagles in a AVCTL showdown at Derby ©Kelly Ross
Early on it was a game of runs. The Panthers grabbed control early with a 9-0 run and led 13-4 midway through the first quarter. But that is when Maize found another gear in its offense and put together a 15-2 run to jump back in the lead. The Eagles led 29-22 at halftime.
Through the third quarter Derby continued to chip away at the Maize lead and was down by just two at 41-39 at the end of the quarter.
The game eventually came down to the final buzzer but Maize would hang on in a thriller for the one point victory.