Maxwell breaks losing streak, headed to playoffs

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The Maxwell Panthers suffered several losses over the past couple weeks but finally found a team rhythm last Thursday against Core Butte. The Panthers found success mostly in the fourth quarter, pulling out a 61-43 win.

After senior appreciation ceremonies on Feb. 13, the Panthers were slow at the start, making only six of 15 shots in the first quarter.

Core Butte stayed in stride with the Panthers’ offense before the half, cashing in on eight foul points to bring the score 26-24 at the half, with Maxwell in the lead.

Evenly matched on the scoreboard for the third quarter, Maxwell’s Isaiah Cardenas went to work, seizing four steals from Core Buttes offense, which contributed to a 12-point lead for the Panthers. Wyatt Hendrix swished seven points of his own to contribute to the 61-43 win.

“The boys really worked as a team towards this win,” said coach Goose Rangel. “Focusing on ball control and making our lay-ups will be key factors in our first play-off game.”

Maxwell (10-11) travels to Fall River (21-5) for the first round of play in the CIF Northern Section, Division 6 playoffs, tomorrow for an 8 PM game. ■