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Owen Law goes up for a three during the third quarter of the blowout win over East Central. Law scored 26 combined points during the two games last week.

This past weekend, the Jennings County High School boys basketball team competed against two out of conference teams, hosting East Central and traveling to Austin.

On Friday, the Panthers faced the Trojans, and won in convincing fashion, 64-19. “We just played super hard,” noted head coach Josh Land. “I thought we did a good job limiting what they wanted to do, and offensively we were able to take care of the basketball, and really play a complete game.”

The Panther defense held East Central to no more than 8 points in a single quarter, including shutting out the Trojans in the third quarter.

The Panthers were great at sharing the ball on Friday, with 11 of the 13 players on the varsity roster scoring points. Owen Law led the scoring for Jennings County with 10. Other scoring were Jacob Vogel (9), Cole Sigler (9), Lane Zohlaut (8), Justin Ramey (6), Carson McNulty (6), Darius Thomas (5), Keegan Manowitz (4), Layne Suhre (3), Carter Kent (2), and Matt Hines (2). Other statistical leaders were Vogel with 6 rebounds, and Ramey with 3 assists and 3 steals.

High off the big win, the Panthers traveled to Austin High School to compete against the Eagles. At the end of the 32 minutes, the Panthers came out with another huge win, 89-52.

“We had 26 assists on 35 made shots, which is a really really good number,” Coach Land said about the performance. “We’re just doing a really good job of finding the open guy and nobody is playing selfish. I feel like we’ve done a good job in the last few games establishing the pace we want to play at. Speeding teams up, getting out in transition which creates easy plays for ourselves.”

Nearly every Panther player that scored in the game put up double digits, with Law and Vogel sharing the scoring lead at 16 points each. Other Panthers scoring were McNulty (13), Zohrlaut (12), Kent (11), Manowitz (10), Sigler (10), and Cole Marksberry (1). Other Statistical leaders were Zohrlaut with 6 rebounds, Kent with 10 assists, and Ramey with 3 steals.

The Panthers now look towards a weekend filled with their first two challenges. On Friday, they face Greensburg, a 3-0 team that less than a decade ago won back to back state championships at the 3A level. While there are no common opponents between the two squads at the moment, the Pirates have an average 24 point margin of victory through the three games. The Panthers have a 29.5 point average win over the past four games, so the teams should match up well.

On Saturday, the Panthers are set to take on rival Seymour. Seymour is currently in first place in the conference and is 4-1 on the season. While the Panthers lost their first game of the season to Columbus North, the Owls defeated the Bulldogs by 10 points early on in the season. A win over Seymour would surely make Jennings County an early favorite looking ahead to sectional.

Both games are away for the Panthers, with the JV matchup for the Greensburg game starting at 6:00 p.m. and the varsity tip near 7:30 p.m. For the Seymour matchup, the JV match will start at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or online at TicketSpicket.com You can also catch the game on 97.7 Jennings County KORN.