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Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia's Taralee Mautz scores a layup against Rangely last Friday night in Paonia. The Panthers and Eagles were tied at halftime, 18-18, but Rangely had a better second half of play and went on to score a 45-36 victory.

Last week's basketball schedule included two games to end the regular season for Paonia's girls. The Eagles played Montrose's junior varsity on Feb. 13 and recorded a 37-16 non-conference win at home.

Rangely was in town on Feb. 16 and managed to get past an 18-18 tie at halftime to ease its way to a 45-36 win.

Rangely 45, Paonia 36

Paonia seemed to have an upper hand in the first quarter and outscored the Panthers 13-7 to start the game.

The offensive edge was reversed in the second period with Rangely scoring six more points than the Eagles to tie the game at 18-18 at the break.

Rangely's offense was a little stronger than the Eagle's defense in the third period allowing the Panthers to take a 37-33 lead to the fourth quarter.

Paonia could not get its offense going in the final frame and was outscored by five points to make the final score 45-36.

Todd's 12 points (including three 3s) led Paonia scorers with Mautz next high with 10 points and four steals. Kassidy Rapke finished the game with seven points and four steals and Palmer pulled down six rebounds for the Eagles.

Paonia finished fifth in 2A District 5 standings with a 7-4 league record and 12-7 overall. On Feb. 21 Paonia travels to number 4 Vail Christian (7-4, 13-6) to vie for a berth in district tournament play. Game time is 5 p.m. A win there sends the Eagles to De Beque High School on Feb. 23 for semifinal play or a loss to consolation semifinals on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

Consolation finals are at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the third place game set for 12 noon and the title matchup set for 3 p.m.

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