Panthers Improve To 10-2

Published on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:19
Written by thenebraskasigna

The Fillmore Central boys continued their win streak last week with three victories.  The 10-2 Panthers (No. 6 in wildcard points in Class C-2) defeated 5-8, Class C-1 Malcolm 57-53 last Tuesday; 6-7, Class C-1 Wood River 68-31 on Thursday and 8-5, Class D-1 Heartland 70-41 on Saturday night.
FC shot a lights-out 52 percent (19-for-36) against Malcolm on January 12 despite going just 3-for-13 from beyond the 3-point arc.  Leyton Hopken and Adam Hoarty both tossed in 14 points for the winners.  Hopken also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and Hoarty dished out four assists.
Garrett Whitley made all three 3-pointers (3-for-6) for the Panthers and added 13 points.  Noah Temme scored five points and Kole Karcher and Matt Hogue both netted four points.  Karcher also made three steals and dished out two assists.  Riley Chapman scored three points against the Clippers last Tuesday.
Hopken was perfect from the free-throw line (7-for-7) and 70 percent from the field (7-for-10) in leading the Panthers with 21 points over Wood River on January 14.  FC continued to be on fire from the floor hitting on 64 percent of its shots (25-for-39).
Hoarty and Tanner Ourada both netted 10 points in the victory.  Whitley added nine points and grabbed a team-high five boards.  The junior also had five steals and two assists.  Aaron Poppert scored eight points for the Panthers and dished out three assists.
Hogue and Temme both netted four points.  Hogue snagged four rebounds also.  Tyler O'Connor sank a bucket in the road win.  The Panthers held the Eagles to just 11 first-half points en route to a 39-11 halftime advantage.  FC kept the foot on the gas scoring 23 points in the third quarter, as well, to lead by the final margin after three periods.
The Panthers wasted little time showing Heartland who was the boss by outscoring the Huskies 23-4 in period No. 1.  Heartland showed signs of life in the second quarter and trailed 35-19 at intermission.
The second half was all FC as well.  The Panthers outscored their guests, 18-10, and 17-12, to post the 29-point win on Saturday.  FC again shot the ball lights-out shooting a sizzling 58 percent from the field (30-for-51) that included a 7-for-14 performance from beyond the 3-point arc.  

Hopken paced the Panther offense with a game-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and a made 3-pointer.  Hoarty tossed in 17 points and Whitley sank two 3-pointers en route to a 12-point performance.  Hopken snagged a team-high seven rebounds and Hoarty added two steals.

Both Nate Rasmussen and Chapman scored eight points in the home-court victory.  Karcher swished home seven points.  Karcher also dished out four assists and Rasmussen notched two assists. Ourada and Temme both added a bucket in the blow out. Ourada grabbed four rebounds and Temme dished out two assists against Heartland.