Luke Lambert

Posted On: 02/23/21 6:53 PM

MONTICELLO - The Panthers allowed an average of 34.2 points a game this season, and their outstanding defense showed up again in the first round of District play against the Vikings from Vinton-Shellsburg. The Panthers only allowed 26 points, cruising to a 56-26 victory and moving onto a second-round matchup against Central DeWitt. 

It was a tough first quarter for both teams, with the Panthers only leading 9-1 after one quarter. Luke LambertLukeLambert6'3" | PGMonticello | 2021StateIA got the Panthers scoring going with an early three, and Justin ReckerJustinRecker6'5" | PFMonticello | 2021StateIA laid in a couple of buckets to give the Panthers their lead after one. Ryan Moore got the lid off the hoop for Vikings, with an early three-pointer in the second. The Vikings switched back to man-to-man and crawled back a little bit, but after a three from Riley Manternach, the Panthers took a 22-10 lead into the break.

Monticello kept pulling away in the third, getting out to a 7-0 scoring run in the first couple minutes of the third. A three by Connor LambertConnorLambert6'4" | SFMonticello | 2021StateIA gave Monticello a 29-10 lead and forced a timeout from Vinton-Shellsburg. The Vikings caught Monticello’s offense off guard and forced some turnovers when

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