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Panthers out-claw Tigers, 64-43

Clearly outsized on Thursday night, The Luverne Tigers were defeated at home by the Georgiana Panthers on the court in Crenshaw County, 64-43.

The striped cats had a difficult time holding their own, with an average height of five feet, eight inches, against the Panthers, who themselves averaged over six feet, with two players more than six and a half feet tall.

In the first period, Georgiana scored 18 points, and Luverne managed to tally 11 of their own.

But the second period belonged to the Panthers, as they notched 16 points to the six made by the Tigers, and the score at the halftime break was Georgiana 34, Luverne 17.

The Tigers emerged from the lockers after a breather determined to score, and actually outscored the Panthers for the period, making 15, while Georgiana chalked up 13 more, making the three-period score Georgiana 47, Luverne 32.

Then in the fourth and final period, the Panthers closed the door on the match, scoring 17 more points to the 11 of the Tigers, making the final score Georgiana Panthers 64, Luverne Tigers 43.

Topping the score sheet for the Panthers was Terrance Lewis with 14, including a three-pointer. Also scoring 14 points was Marques Johnson. Lewis was seven-for-eight on free throws at the foul line, and Marques was 100 percent at two-for-two.

Bringing up the rear for the top four Panthers was Chad Smith with eight points.

For the Luverne Tigers it was Brad Crittenden with 16 points, including one tray.

Next it was Robert Rutledge with 14 points, with an impressive four three-pointers, Josh McCartha with six, and Galvin Walters with four points.

Justin Moody received an honorable mention for his three points scored on one long bucket.