Rangerettes last second push leads to Pampa 44-37 loss

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The Pampa Lady Harvesters (1-2) fell to a late push from the Perryton Rangerettes in a 44-37 loss at home on Tuesday evening.

“We came out in the second half a little flat, kind of like we did on Friday (at Borger),” Head Coach Jared Messer said. 

“If we can fix that part, when we turn it on we’re pretty good. We started fighting back, moving the ball and all of those things. It’s where some of our inexperience kicks in at inopportune times and you can’t do that in District games.”

The Lady Harvesters jumped out to a 5-2 lead after a three from junior Savannah Valentine followed by a layup from sophomore Rhoda Buckley on the assist from freshmen Katlyn Magers to give Pampa the 7-2 lead early in the game.

“It’s just us getting better and practicing the fundamentals every day and just trying to understand and teach the game as much as we can,” Messer said. 

“We’re so much better than we were at the beginning of the year, which is something to be proud of but on the competitive side you still want to make the playoffs so this hurts.”

Sophomore Ariel Lacher had a rebound put-back to give Pampa the 9-4 lead with 2:40 left to play in the opening period. Perryton went on a 7-2 run to close out the first quarter and it was 11-11 after one.

Buckley had a traditional-three-point play to start the second quarter before another Perryton run made it a 22-14 Rangerette lead. 

“She’s (Rhoda) is one that’s been thrown in the fire since the beginning as a sophomore,” Messer said. “She’s continued to get better and is another one who has a bright future and is learning the game to get better every day.”

Senior Celest Ostercamp had a pair of baskets within moments of each other to keep Pampa within seven at 24-17 at the half.

Perryton went on a 10-2 run to start the third quarter and it was 34-19 before Ostercamp stopped the run with a basket. Lacher went 2-2 in free throws, followed by a basket from Magers off the assist from Valentine and another Ostercamp bucket pulled the Lady Harvesters back within seven at 34-27 after three. 

The Rangerettes opened the fourth with a three before a basket from Ostercamp and a three from sophomore Braelyn Sellers made it a two-possession game at 37-32. 

“She’s (Braelyn Sellers) gotten so much better since the beginning of the year and you’ve probably noticed that in her playing time (as it continually increases),” Messer said. 

“I’m happy to see her, especially as a sophomore, get this playing time and I think the future is bright for her.”

A pair of free throws from Ostercamp and a bucket from Buckley pulled the Lady Harvesters within three, but the Rangerettes had a late rally to push past Pampa 44-37.

The Lady Harvesters return to action Friday when they host Hereford. Game-time is at 6 p.m.

“Hereford is a really, really good team,” Messer said. 

“They are experienced, have some good size and a really good post player inside (who is one of their best volleyball players). It’ll be a challenge and a little bit tougher than this one. But I think if we bring that same energy and toughness, then we can put ourselves in a good position.”

Unofficial stats

Celest Ostercamp led the team in scoring with 13 points and went 5-6 in free throws; Rhoda Buckley had nine points and was 3-3 from the stripe; Ariel Lacher had six points and was 2-2 in free throws; Savannah Valentine had four points off of a three and was 1-3 in free throws; Braelyn Sellers had a three for three points and Katlyn Magers had a basket. As a team the Lady Harvesters went 11-14 (78 percent) in free throws.

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