PikeView needed a late surge to hold off Wyoming East.
The AA No. 6 Lady Panthers outscored the Warriors 6-0 in the final 1:21 to pull out a 55-50 win on Monday night at New Richmond.
“I was proud of our effort,” said East coach Angie Boninsegna.
Bre Pertee gave the Lady Warriors a 50-49 lead when the scored inside with 1:53 showing.
PikeView’s Courtney White tied it with a foul shot 32 seconds later, and Madison May put the Panthers ahead for good when she scored inside with less than a minute left.
White missed two free throws with :19.7 showing, but Lyndsay Hatfield grabbed the rebound and laid it back in to all but clinch the win.
“That’s our youth showing,” Boninsegna said. “We’re still growing.”
PikeView maintained a small lead for most of the contest and took its biggest margin of the second half , 42-34, midway through the third period.
“I was glad that we kept fighting when we got down by eight,” Boninsegna stated.
The Lady Warriors (11-7) used hustle and defense to climb back.
Taleah Bailey’s lay up cut the margin to 43-38,and Haley Butcher hit from the right side to slice the margin to three.
Freshman Megan Davis (19 points, 9 rebounds) had a driving lay up to cut it to one.
“I thought Megan had a really good game,” said Boninsegna.
The Panthers (15-3) would push the lead back to 47-42, but East rallied again.
Bailey made three foul shots, and Pertee gave East its first lead of the second half, 48-47, when she took the ball inside.
Pertee had 11 points. Butcher also had 11 and four steals. Chiara Jewell contributed three assists.
Madison May had 16 for PikeView. Hatfield had 12 points and 12 boards.
The teams will meet again tonight at Gardner.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Haley Butcher (41) of Wyoming East releases a shot during Monday’s game with PikeView.