Lady Panthers Advance to Regional Finals

By Megan Rice |

Published 03/16 2014 07:23PM

Updated 03/16 2014 09:59PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--After winning an overtime thriller in the first round, the top seeded Lady Panthers had their next test in regionals Sunday against GLVC rivals Quincy. Where Drury would look for a little bit of revenge after the Hawks handed them a 82-79 loss in the regular season.

That loss was just one of three that the Lady Panthers have on the season.

The Hawks got out to a fast start... Carly bettencourt his the tripple to make it 13-12 Quincy.

But Panthers Shelby White with the pass of her foot to Bethanie Funderburk who hits the shot. 19-15 Lady Panthers.

And the run would keep on going, Amber Dvoark with two to help Drury close out the half with a 20-3 run and a 40-24 lead.

Hawks Hannah Weedman coming strong in the second half the reverse and the foul cuts it to 47-32 DU.

Later, the extra pass to Sanayika Shields who hits the jumper. Drury up 16.

Then, Drury's Annie Armstrong drians it to make it 66-48.

Quincy's Kara Gerbus comes right back, gets the offensive board and the put back. To make it 66-50.

Then, Gerbus again, with a give away and gets it right back for the three ball. To cut it to a 15 point game.

But Drury kept a comfortable lead the rest of the half. Amber Dvorak finished with 19 as the Lady Panthers advance to their first home regional final.

They win 78-58. Drury will play Wayne State at 7:00 on Monday.

"That team won 23 games this year, including beating us at there place in a game that we lead with 2:46 to go and we let it slip away. So there was a little bit of a chip on our shoulder there. These guys took over like they have all year. They just decided there and willed them to the point that, hey we weren't going to lose tonight," said Lady Panthers coach Steve Huber.

"There was a revenge factor there. I mean we lost a close game at there place and coming in we always want to protect our house so there was a chip on our shoulder today," said Lady Panthers center Sanayika Sheilds.

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