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Panthers Topple Oaks at Clemente Center

Jamielyn Jarvis Donny Rieber Jr | Sports Lowdown

The Florida Tech women’s basketball team picked up a non-conference victory on Saturday, taking down the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City Indiana, 78-51 at the Clemente Center.

“I thought we were just so much faster today,” said Panthers head coach John Reynolds. “We shot almost 48 percent as a team and I knew if we were around 48-50 percent, that’s a good number for this team.”

The Panthers (4-3) started the game with a 13-point run and never looked back, leading this one from start to finish. Cheyenne Scott led the way with 13 points, while Fanny Paulin had 10. Amanda Allen and Severine Uggen had nine each. Fanny Hakanson had seven rebounds and seven assists.

Florida Tech made 11-of-19 shots in the first quarter, on their way to a 24-6 lead. An 8-0 run in the second quarter made it 39-13 with 4:06 to go.

The Mighty Oaks would score the final for points of the half, cutting the Panthers lead to 46-21 at the break. As a team, Florida Tech shot 54.3 percent (19-for-35). The Panthers were 3-of-12 behind the arc at the half.

“I liked the first half. I liked our effort in the first half, I liked our focus in the first half, I liked our concentration in the first half,” said Reynolds. “The first four or five minutes we just knocked every shot down we took.”

In the second half, the Panthers let off the gas a little. Paulin scored the first basket of the second quarter 2:48 in. Oakland City did get off a 7-0 run with just over three minutes left in the quarter, but the Panthers led 61-33 as the horn sounded in the third.

Jamielyn Jarvis was the highlight of the final stanza for the Panthers, as she reeled off six straight points to finish the scoring for Florida Tech. She ended the day with eight points and a rebound.

“She came off the bench and finished inside,” said Reynolds. “She rebounded the ball, she did a good job. I was happy with that.”

For more info: Oakland City @ Florida Tech Box Score

The Panthers will host Palm Beach Atlantic Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.