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Golden Eagles Edge Out Aggies

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 02/23/2018 Sydney Dougherty photo Sydney Dougherty photo

Goodwell, Okla.—Thursday evening ended in defeat for both Panhandle State basketball teams as the John Brown University Golden Eagles brought their A-games against the Aggies. The women's team took a 49-74 loss and the Aggie men were taken down by 42 points (96-54).

Starting strong in the first period, the Aggie women won the first ten minutes of their battle 15-14. Freshman Naomi Rodriguez was hot from long-range taking down two of two three-point baskets to lead the first period in scoring. Senior Madison Dearmin was big at the boards with five rebounds in the first quarter alone. Sadly, second-quarter shooting dropped to 20 percent for Panhandle State, while their opponents shot at 50 percent to outscore the Aggies 24-7 in the second-period of play. By halftime the Aggies found themselves trailing by 16 points (38-22).

The Aggie women made another strong run after the break, improving to a 33 percent shooting average from the field. Junior Addison Munsch added six points alone in the third period and took down four rebounds for the Aggies. The fourth quarter got away from the Aggies as JBU went on a 12-2 scoring stretch and gained a 28-point lead (66-38) with 7:10 left in the game. The Golden Eagles finished the night with a 44.1 percent shooting average to gain their twelfth Sooner Athletic Conference win of the season. The Aggies dropped to a 14-13 overall record with a 6-13 record within the SAC.

For the game, three Aggies tied for team-high in scoring, with none breaking the double-digit barrier. Madison Dearmin, Addison Munsch and Monti Regier each scored nine points for Panhandle; Dearmin led the game in rebounds with nine, and junior Hannah Faulks led defensively with two blocks. John Brown's Baily Cameron held the game-high in scoring with 25 points.

The men's game lacked energy from the start, with Panhandle State going into halftime down 47-25. The Aggies went 7-31 from the field for a 23 average in first-half shooting; the Golden Eagles, on the other hand, could not miss and hit on 50 percent of shots taken before the break. Jaedon Whitfield led the Aggies with eight points over the first twenty minutes of play, and matched his efforts at the boards with eight first-half rebounds.

Things did not improve much after halftime, as the Aggies averaged 24 percent in shooting led by Tyler Pate with 13 points. Panhandle State lost the battle at the boards in the second half, lagging behind JBU 29-13 in rebounds. For the game, the Aggies were also beaten off the bench 39-16, with freshmen Dillan Landers and Hank Harrel each scoring six off the bench for Panhandle. Pate led the game in scoring with 18 total points, followed by Whitfield who marked a double-double with ten points and 11 rebounds to tie the game-high at the boards with JBU' Densier Carnes. JBU's leading scorer was Josh Bowling with 15 points. The Aggie men now own an 11-15 season record and stand 4-14 in the conference.

Both Aggie basketball teams will host their final games of the regular-season this weekend, with a double-header Senior Day matchup against Bacone College on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Panhandle State women's team hopes to see a packed house to help cheer them to victory and a possible spot in the post-season conference playoffs. Seniors will be recognized between games and the annual Panhandle State Staff Silent Auction will take throughout both contests. The women tip-off at 3 p.m. followed by the men's game, set for 5 p.m.