The Panthers started quick on Saturday getting out to 15-6 first quarter lead over Abingdon-Avon in their final game of the Orion Tipoff Tournament on Saturday. EP expanded the lead to a 26-10 halftime advantage.
The Tornadoes cut the margin to 38-27 during the third quarter but the Panther regained the momentum to close the quarter with a 14 point advantage.
EP controlled the fourth quarter to take a 51-36 win and end the season opening tournament with a 2-2 mark.
The Panthers will open their home season on Friday when they host BV in Prophetstown.