Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. They are a team of small numbers, but they are tall, athletic and eager to put Nederland High School back on the basketball map. A dozen boys will suit up this year and about half of them will be looking to the veteran players to help them earn a winning season.
Jarod Rasdall is the only returning senior and has been the outside shooter, racking up most of the three-pointers. Juniors Rain Larrabee, Taylor Hoffman, Damon Vigil and Toby Kane will be a force to reckon with on defense. They have been dedicated players who will lead the younger and less experienced players.
Last weekend, the boys made their season debut at the Deer Trail tournament. On Friday, they won their first game of the season, downing the Bethune Bobcats, 42-27.
The Panthers came out fast and strong, taking a 15-4 lead in the first quarter, followed by a 12-6 lead in the second quarter. The second half was slower for the Panthers, but they never gave the Bobcats a chance to catch up.
Rain Larrabee, with 16 points and 9 rebounds was named the Player of the Game.
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Toby Kane: 3 points, 1 three-pointer, 2 assists, 3 steals
Jarod Rasdall: 16 points, 3 three-pointers, 2 assists, 3 steals
Dusty Morgan: 3 points, 1 three-pointer, 2 rebounds2 assist, 2 steals
Rain Larrabee: 16 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block
Damon Vigil: 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Cooper Neilson: 2 rebounds
Taylor Hoffman: 4 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals
Quinn Boutot: 1 steal
On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, the Ned boys fell to the Deer Trail Eagles, 28-50. The Panthers took the court with determination, grabbing a one-point lead in the first quarter, 12-11, but falling behind and then hitting a wall in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 4-19.
The Player of the Game was Jarod Rasdall, who scored 14 points and stole the ball six times.
12-11 6-11 6-9 4-19
Player of the Game was Jarod Rasdall
Toby Kane: 3 rebounds 2 aaiara, 3 steals
Jarod Rasdall: 14 points, 1 three-pointer, 3 free throws, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals
Damon Vigil: 5 points, 1 three-pointer, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Taylor Hoffman: 4 points, 15 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
Dusty Morgan: 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Rain Larrabee: 5 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
(Originally published in the December 7, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)