The Amber-Pocasset basketball teams opened Comet Classic play on high notes on Thursday at Velma-Alma High School.
The Lady Panthers used the inside game of Caton Muncy and the outside shooting of Carli Eubank to carry them to a 53-39 victory over the Sterling Lady Tigers.
As for the boys, they were led by a trio of players in a 59-42 victory over the Wayne Bulldogs.
Muncy opened the game by scoring the team’s first seven points. A pair of free throws gave the Lady Panthers an early 7-6 lead.
Amber-Pocasset grabbed a 13-8 advantage in the first before Sterling pulled to within one at the end of the first.
Muncy scored 10 of the Lady Panthers’ 13 first-quarter points. She finished with 22 points in the game to lead the way.
Amber-Pocasset actually trailed in the second quarter after a Sterling basket put the Lady Tigers on top 16-15.
However, up 17-16, back-to-back Eubank treys gave the Lady Panthers a little separation.
Eubank hit four 3-point baskets in the game and finished with 13 points overall.
After going down by one at 16-15, Amber-Pocasset scored 10 of the next 11 points and led 25-17 at halftime.
The Lady Panthers started quickly in the second half and extended their lead.
They scored the first six points of the half, turning that run from the second quarter to a 16-1 run.
They led by 19 after the third before winning by 14.
Ashley Kemp also had a strong game. She scored all nine of her points in the second half.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play Rush Springs on Friday.
That result was not available as of press time.
The scoring trio of Hayden Savage, Skylar Croskey and Nathan Ratcliff would help carry the Panthers to their blowout victory over Wayne. The trio combined to score 52 of the team’s 59 points.
The Panthers made a living from behind the arc throughout the game. Savage buried four treys overall and two in the first quarter.
Ratcliff also hit a trey in the first period to give the Panthers a commanding 17-5 advantage. They led 17-7 after the first eight minutes of the game.
Wayne would pull to within nine, but the Panthers finished the half strong.
Ratcliff and Savage combined to score the team’s final 10 points of the half, and the Panthers’ lead would extend to 16 at half with the score being 31-15.
The second half would belong to Croskey.
He scored the Panthers’ first nine points of the half, and 14 of his 20 points came in the final two quarters of play.
Savage buried two more 3-point baskets in the third, and the Panther lead was 22 after three quarters before ending up as the 17-point margin.
Savage finished the game with 19 points. Ratcliff added 13 points.
The Panthers were set to play Sterling on Friday.