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Karley Whipple of Pahranagat with the ball, falls on top a Word of Life player in their game Tuesday night. PVHS hosts Tonopah on Saturday.

Pahranagat Valley’s Lady Panthers stayed in first place in the 1A Southern league with a 54-31 win over visiting Word of Life Christian Academy Tuesday night. It was the fifth straight win against the Eagles.  

Pahranagat’s defense created numerous turnovers by Word of Life (6-4, 1-1).

Morgan Harris led the Panthers (12-3, 3-0) with 16 points. Madi Taylor and Abby Egbert both had eight points.

 Alissa Chavez was tops for Word of Life with 13 points.

Being in first place in the league at this point of the season was helped out considerably by a 46-35 win at Round Mountain last week.  The Knights were the girls state runner-up last year and are led by 2017 co-MVP Alyssa Hanks as the defending league and tournament champions.

 But the Panthers were able to hold Hanks to only seven points by “having a player in her face all the time,” said Pahranagat senior guard Karley Whipple. “Sometimes it was Gracie Carter or Morgan Harris, even Taylor Higbee took a turn.”

 Round Mountain’s Mckayla Brown was high for the Knights with 15 points.

On Saturday, the girls were again on the road playing at Beaver Dam. In this game, the girls spread the wealth around in a 40-18 win. Morgan Harris was the leading scorer with 12 points, but all the others  who played scored at least two points.

 Pahranagat led 20-6 at halftime and played the subs most of the second half outscoring the Diamondbacks 20-12. The girls are 7-0 against Beaver Dam since 2010, with most of the games being widespread except for a 27-24 win in 2016.

The girls has just one more game this week, Saturday night facing Tonopah in Alamo.