Senior Panthers win back-to-back titles, juniors take silver

Back-to-back champs - The PECI Senior Basketball Panthers finished their second perfect Bay of Quinte Conference campaign, beating St. Theresa in the final 61-48. Pictured (back row, from left) are coach Rob Garden, Jessie Swackhammer, Emma Lamorre, Chloe Marshall, Vanessa WIllis, Hannah Smith, Alannah Burris, (front row, from left) Abby Margetson, Kelli-Anne Maycock, Lydia Snider, Chloe MacDonald, and Leah Matthews. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

Friday was an historic evening for the PECI Panthers girls basketball program as both the junior and senior teams played in Bay of Quinte Conference finals in the same year.

The Senior Panthers captured back-to-back championships after going through the league with a perfect record for the second consecutive season.  They be

Silver lining – The PECI Junior Basketball Panthers reached the Bay of Quinte Conference final and played a strong game, but fell to the favoured St. Theresa Titans 38-28. Pictured are (back row, from left) coach Rob Garden, Emily Wight, Becca McHugh, Mary-Kate Wilton, Gracie Burris, Trinity Roche, Hailey Snider, Tally Wilkinson (front row, from left) Myla de Boef, Keshia Hilts, Sydney Davies, Hannah Goad, Madalynn Snider (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

at the St. Theresa Titans 61-48 at Moira Secondary School.  Vanessa Willis scored 21 points in a game the Panthers controlled much of the way.

Nine Panthers hit the score sheet as they used their depth effectively to capture the crown. Lydia Snider and Mikalya Leavitt scored six each.

In junior action, the Panthers were in the league championship for the first time. They kept the game close until the third quarter when St. Theresa got some easy rebounds to pull ahead. The Titans outpaced the Panthers 38-28.  Myla de Boef led PECI scorers with 15 points. Madalynn Snider had nine and Hannah Goad four.

Both Panthers teams will head to the Kawartha region for AA COSSA competition Thursday.

For full stories of each game, please see Thursday’s print