Plenty Coups girls run past Park City; boys survive scare to remain perfect in conference

BILLINGS – Plenty Coups and Park City squared off in a rare Thursday basketball doubleheader on the campus of Montana State University Billings. The girls opened up the action and after a slow start, Plenty Coups put on its track shoes and ran past the Panthers 65-31.

The Warriors struggled to find the basket in the first four minutes but managed to take an 11-6 lead after the first quarter.

It then became the Lena Stands Over Bull show. The sophomore erupted in the second quarter for easy bucket after easy bucket off of some stout Plenty Coups defense. The Warriors out-scored Park City 23-3 in the second quarter and cruised into the break with a 34-9 lead.

Plenty Coups never allowed Park City back into the game as it rolled to its 10th win of the season to remain undefeated.

The boys went immediately after, but it was Park City that jumped out to the early lead. The Panthers used some tough defense and a timely buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Tucker Johnstone to grab a 14-7 lead after one quarter.

Plenty Coups woke up after that sluggish start. The Warriors poured in 17 second-quarter points and walked into the locker room with a brand-new ball game tied up at 24.

The third quarter became a foul fest, but Plenty Coups was able to gain some separation and led by six heading to the final quarter.

The Panthers kept it close in the fourth quarter but could never get over the hump as Plenty Coups held on for the 63-57 win.

The Warriors improved to 6-0 in conference play with the victory.

Dan Dragan

Dan Dragan

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