Cabot sweeps Marion in conference doubleheader

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<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Cabot's Elliot Taylor goes around a Marion defender during the Lady Panthers' win over the Lady Patriots last week.</p>
<p>Mark Buffalo</p><p>Cabot's Kyle Thielemier goes up for a shot in the first half of the Panthers' win over Marion last week.</p>

The Cabot Panthers and Lady Panthers swept a conference doubleheader from Marion on Feb. 5 at Panther Arena.

Girls Game

The Cabot Lady Panthers hosted the Marion Lady Patriots, winning by the final score of 56-38.

The Lady Panthers jumped out to an early 12-6 lead, and from there never turned back. The Lady Panthers went into halftime with a 25-16 lead.

The largest lead of the game was 16, leading 36-20 early in the 4th quarter. Cabot led the entire game.

Abbey Allgood led the balanced offensive attack with 13 points. Alyssa Hamilton and Ally Van Enk each had 12 points. Elliot Taylor finished with 10. Danielle McWilliams added seven, and Jaylin Bridges scored three..

Boys Game

The Cabot Panthers started out shooting poorly from the field. However, in the second half Cabot turned up its defense and found its groove going onto win the hard-fought battle against Marion 45-39.

With only six field goals accumulating to 13 points in the first half, the Panthers found themselves down 22-13 at halftime.

Cabot didn’t let the first half struggles stay with them for long. As they came out on fire which lead to a 20-9 run in the third quarter.

Ryan Stafford led the run that gave the Panthers the lead going into the fourth quarter. Stafford had 10 of his team high 14 in that quarter.

When asked about his team’s mental toughness Cabot coach Jerry Bridges said, “Our kids are always going to play hard, we stepped up our intensity the second half, and even when our shots aren’t falling, there’s no excuse for us not to play tough. I think everyone who touched the floor tonight made a difference.”

Along with Stafford’s 14 points, Clayton Vaught and Kyle Thielemier each had 10. Bryan Shrum scored five. Jake Ferguson and Hunter York both had three points as well.

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