Park City Panthers end season at Districts

Outlook staff writer

The Park City Panthers season will be a hard one to describe for head coach Roger Heimbigner.
He had a very, very talented group of kids that were poised to go far in the tourney.
The Panthers even played the best basketball of the year down the stretch during the tournament.
Four of the six teams would move on after the weekend was over and Park City wasn’t one of them.
It started out hopeful in a unbelievable 84-94 loss to Plenty Coups.
The high scoring game was the Panthers to take.
Park City had four players reach double figures in scoring and even had a seven-point lead at the end of the third quarter. They were that close and it was an amazing game to watch for the fans; it just wasn’t the ending Heimbigner wanted.
“If we could of taken away a couple minutes from the fourth quarter I believe we were playing well enough to win,” he said.
The next day was a little more promising for the Panthers as they came back strong with a 71-48 victory over Absarokee.
Again four players scored in double figures for the Panthers and they even led by as many as 32 points at the half before the 23 point victory.
Saturday morning brought a game against the number one team in the tournament, Bridger, though they were coming off a loss.
After a 7-14 Bridger lead after the first quarter the game was very close.
The Panthers cut the deficit to three before the half and tied the game going into the last few minutes of regulation.
“Free-throws down the stretch determined the outcome of the game,” Heimbigner admitted.
Sadly it was true. Bridger went 10-15 in the quarter and Park City 3-9, missing some very crucial free-throws down the stretch.
The Panthers lost by seven, 57-50 and just like that the season was over.
Rylan Gautheir had 12, Lane Lowell, 10 and Talon Johnstone led the way with 16 in a game they should have won.
They lost by seven.
Park City will lose six seniors for next year, but still have a bright future with a returning nucleus including Rylan Gauthier.
“I had a great group of kids this year,” said Heimbigner. “We will miss the seniors that are graduating, but look forward to the offseason and what we can accomplish next season.”

Plenty Coups def. Park City 84-94
No stats available.

Park City def. Absarokee 71-48
No stats available.

Bridger def. Park City 57-50
Bridger  14 16 13 14 —  57
Park City  7 20 11 12 — 50
Bridger: Colter Zentner 2, Ryan Zentner 19, Kolton Pospisil 20, Colby Zentner 1, Carson Roberts 15.
Park City: Rylan Gauthier 12, Devon Dennis 5, Connor McNeil 7, Talon Johnstone 16, Lane Lowell 10.


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