The Saratoga Sun -

Panthers pack pigtail punch, secure regionals


Doug Radunich

Saratoga's Ben Falk goes up for a shot against a Southeast defender during Monday's home pigtail game for the Panthers. Saratoga won 73-64 over the Southeast Cyclones, and will begin regional play Thursday against Big Horn.

With a 73-64 Monday victory over Southeast's Cyclones, the Panthers are now officially headed to regionals.

When the Saratoga boys learned they were scheduled for a home pigtail game against Southeast, they knew it was do or die. A win meant the Panthers were headed to regionals, while a loss meant their 2013-14 varsity basketball season was over for good.

After the first quarter in Monday's game ended 17-8-thanks to a three-point buzzer shot from Braxton Schwartzkopf-there was a sense that the Panthers had the game in the bag. Saratoga kept the lead throughout most of the game, ending the...

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