Panthers team pushing endurance
“Endurance is another advantage, too, for our team,” Cano said. “We may not be as basketball talented, but when we play those teams with a bunch of rep players, we bring out that stuff, the endurance and stamina from our other sports, and that puts us ahead sometimes.”
The Panthers, again using soccerstyle throw-ins as their main passing weapon, worked the ball around with ease, as the many years on the pitch together has translated over to the basketball court.
“Since we’ve all played with each other for so long, we know how each other plays,” Cano said. “Ally Morris and Rebecca Pearce, they know each other like the back of their hand. They know each other’s moves and what the other is going to do.
“It gives us an advantage because we know each other so well.”
But in the fourth quarter, the shooting troubles would reemerge, with the Panthers unable to score a basket for the final 6:49 of the game.
That allowed St. Thomas Aquinas to come back and win.
“Under pressure, it’s hard,” Cooke said. “We practice shooting a lot, but under pressure, it’s tough.
“Once we get the form down, we should be able to shoot and eventually, baskets will start falling.”
Acompetitivegroup,thePanthers remain undaunted as they look to put everything together to complete the transition to the court.
“We’ve been winning games and improving every week,” Cooke said. “Once our baskets start falling, we’re a fast, quick team and we should be getting better.” twitter.com/stephen_sweet