Lady Indian Danielle Moser leaps in the air as she goes for the basket in Friday night's home game against Perk Valley.
The Panthers played host to the Lions of Lower Moreland last Saturday at the Hollenbach Athletic Center, and came away with their tenth win of the season as they cruised to a 54-45 victory.
The Lions had no answer on their offensive side of the court for the smothering defense being hurled at them by the Panthers, and could only watch as Perkiomen ran the floor on their way to a 14-2 first quarter lead.
Things could have been much worse for the Lions had Perkiomen not turned the ball over five times in the quarter, but the Panthers' ten-point run that culminated when Tyler Kohl’s’ perfect lob pass to Eric Fanning was jammed home at the buzzer provided more than enough evidence that it was probably going to be a long day for the Lions.
Fanning was unstoppable; netting 11 first quarter points including nine straight on his way to a game high 23 for Perkiomen.
The Panthers had used speed and quickness to pull away from the Lions in the opening quarter, but took a more physical approach in quarter number two.
Perkiomen dominated the boards on both ends of the floor and on the Panthers' offensive end the Lions had no answer for Perkiomens' Tyler Kohl as the freshman muscled his way to eight second quarter points.
When the teams went to their locker rooms at halftime, Perkiomen held a 25-8 lead, and what had started out as a game had turned into a clinic as the Panthers dominated the visitors in every area except from the three point line as neither team had made a field goal from beyond the arc in the first half.
That all changed when play resumed in the third quarter. Trailing by 17 points Lower Moreland had little choice but to shoot from three point range. The Panthers on the other hand simply chose to do so.
Fanning wasted no time drilling a three-point shot to open the third quarter. He nailed a second that appeared to come from behind the line but was only credited with a deuce. Bruce Brittingham connected on a three on Perkiomens next offensive possession and Fanning brought an end to the madness when he banged home yet another three just seconds later.
Somewhere in the midst of Perkiomen's second ten-point run of the game the Lions had connected on a three pointer of their own, but in a span of three minutes the Lions had been outscored 13-3 and now trailed 38-11.
The three-point barrage had all but sealed the deal for the Panthers who used an assortment of players to finish out the game, but never allowed Lower Moreland to get any closer than 14 points until the game’s final minute when the Lions scored eight straight.
Kohl had 11 points all in the first half. Brittingham scored 8, Nizar Kopic dropped in 7 and John Williams added 5.
Perkiomen will be at home Saturday at 7:30 pm when they host Solebury.