PAOLA — The Lady Panthers had a slow start and a tough finish in a 45-30 loss to the Ottawa Cyclones.

Points were at a premium in the first quarter as Paola was outscored 7-6 on Friday, Dec. 18.

Paola was outscored 20-4 at the free throw line. Ottawa sank 20 of 27 attempts. Paola made just four of 15 from the line.

Kate Ediger led Paola with nine points. Ava Kuehl posted five points. Dakiah Yates, Maggie Kauk and Morgan Clark each had four points. Emersyn Smith and Maddie Pitzer also scored.

The Paola Lady Panthers lost at Spring Hill to the Lady Broncos by a final of 71-29 on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Allisyn Frank led all scorers for Spring Hill with 22 points.

Ava Kehl led Paola with nine points. Ediger had eight points. Yakes, Kauk and Clark also scored.

Meredith Todd posted nine points for the Lady Broncos. Julia Hess and Jenna Weber each had eight points. Cate Milroy, Brookelyn Powell and Kaylee Oakes had six points each.

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