Peyton coach Tony Goodman will be the first to admit his team is lacking in size. But he'll also be the first to point out he's got a couple of shooters to make up for it.
The Panthers put that shooting talent on display on Wednesday, hitting 13 3s on 24 attempts to beat Colorado Springs School 84-45 in a matchup between two of the top teams in the 2A Black Forest League.
Victoria Goodman scored a team-high 17 points, sinking four of her five 3s in the second half. Goodman shot 60 percent (6 of 10) from the field. The Panthers (16-1, 5-0 2A BFL) as a whole shot 32 of 62 (51.6 percent) and hit 10 of 14 in the first quarter to jump to a 25-9 lead, hitting three 3s in the period.
"We can attack from so many angles, it makes it pretty easy," said Victoria Goodman, who ranks third in the state regardless of class with 51 3s. "It's pretty nice. It works for us."
The Panthers, the Associated Press' top-ranked 2A team in the state, used that sharp-shooting first quarter to run away from the Kodiaks (9-5, 3-2) early. The Panthers scored another 25 in the second quarter, punctuated by their sixth 3-pointer of the half when Cecilla Hermes scored seconds before the buzzer.
"That's kind of where we live," said Peyton coach Tony Goodman, Victoria's father. "We've got shooters all over the floor to knock them down."
In limited playing time because of the big lead, team-leading scorer Shelby Patterson finished with 15 points, 10 in the first half. She also hit three 3s.
"I know they're going to get hot," said Patterson, who averages 19.6 points. "Even my summer team, no one can shoot like this. It's amazing."
The Kodiaks offense played better in the second half, scoring 29 points. Leading scorer Kendra Baucom had a game-high 18 points, 10 in the second half.
"They're pretty high up there, probably one of the better ones (team)," said Baucom, who ranks seventh in the state in rebounds. "They didn't miss like any (shots)."
Peyton gets a test on Saturday when the Panthers host 13-2 Vanguard. They've got plenty of confidence and no problem welcoming another team hoping to knock them off.
"I've been coaching these guys for a long time," said Tony Goodman, who is in his sixth year at the helm. "They're pretty dang good."