Six teams competed for the winning trophy including Redding Christian, Greenville, Downieville, Chester, and Westwood. Both Maxwell varsity teams, boys and girls, came home with a third place finish.
The boys varsity team opened up last Thursday against Downieville for game No. 1 of the tournament. Senior Isaiah Cardenas dominated the court with a game high of 32 points. Trent Hendrix put up seven of his own baskets towards the 70-27 victory.
“Downieville only had five players,” said Coach Gustavo Rangel. “We played a running game for the win.”
Maxwell faced tough competition in their second game against Redding Christian. Cardenas led the way throughout the close-scoring game with 23 total points. Redding Christian fell into foul trouble early, with four of their starters pulling four fouls for a trip to the bench. With Maxwell’s five to their eight players, lead changes were back and forth but, in the end, Redding Christian nipped Maxwell with a 59-53 win. Wyatt Hendrix contributed 13 points to the Panthers’ offense.
Third and final game play was against tournament host, Greenville. Again, Cardenas led the charge for the Panthers with 24 total points. Wyatt Hendrix led the defensive charge on steals and rebounds while Trent Hendrix contributed 13 points towards the Panthers’ 56-23 win.
“Overall my men played a good tournament and took third.” said Rangel.
Cardenas was awarded the All Tournament award for the Panthers. Maxwell hosts their own tournament, the Irene Wells Memorial Tournament, starting today against Princeton with a 7:30 PM start time.
The Lady Panthers came home with two out of three wins with final scores: Maxwell 40, Chester 28; Maxwell 13, Redding Christian 49; and Maxwell 43; Downieville 28.
Rosa Corona was awarded All Tournament selection for averaging 13 points, three rebounds and five steals. Jackie Hernandez contributed an average seven points a game with eight rebounds. Rosalyn Wilson and Paige Vierra averaged six rebounds each for the Lady Panthers’ defense.
“I feel really good about how we played,” said Coach Kevin Spesert. “This team is coming together and playing really good team basketball. We need to work on cleaning up our turn overs, but I like where we are right now.”
The Lady Panthers, 2-2, head to the Warren Meyer Classic tournament in Woodland on Thursday, with their first game scheduled at 8 PM. ■