If they finally get their offense to where they want it, the McKinleyville Panthers could be a pretty dangerous team when the Big 5 begins play next month.
On Saturday, the Panthers won their fifth straight game and their third in three days at the Logger Classic, defeating Shasta 46-37 in the championship.
“Our defense played well throughout the entire game,” head coach Cindy Semore Clancy said. “And I think they’re starting to buy into how important every possession is.”
Owen Hamm scored a team-high 14 points in the win and was named tournament MVP after an impressive showing on all three days.
Teammate Cody Whitmer also continues to impress and finished with seven points in Saturday’s win on the way to an all-tournament selection.
Carson Parker also had a big say in the tourney decider, scoring 10 points.
Parker gave the Panthers a boost off the bench, along with teammate Charlie Campbell.
“Both of them came in and gave us a little spark,” the head coach said of Parker and Campbell.
While the Panthers’ defense is rolling right now, the team’s offense remains a work in progress and something the coaching staff will be prioritizing over Christmas.
“I’m still not real pleased with how we’re running our offense,” Semore Clancy said. “We have some hiccups we need to work on.”
Overall, however, the coach is happy the team is finding ways to win games and the Panthers are now 6-3.
“I’m very pleased with the three (tournament) wins,” she said. “And I’m hoping our players are really starting to buy into working together as a team.”
The coach also praised the role the bench players played in Saturday’s win.
“They stayed engaged and supported their teammates throughout the game,” she said.
Next up, the Panthers travel to play at the Enterprise tournament, which tips off on Dec. 27.