Jon Bangert scored 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneer Ridge seventh-grade varsity basketball team dropped a 43-24 decision at league-leading Paola, Jan. 27.
Bangert’s four first-quarter points kept Pioneer close early. The Jags trailed 11-5 but went to halftime behind 20-12 after the first quarter. Paola secured the win with 14 third-quarter points.
“We trailed by 11 after three quarters but still gave our best effort,” said Coach Jeff Davidson. “We played well as a team, and I was proud of the effort.”
Besides Bangert, Andrew Halverson added five points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jacob and Nolan Oswald had four points apiece and Michael Trivilino, one point.