PENRITH Panthers have grabbed a double-header of wins over Maitland Mustangs in round 20 of the 2013 Waratah Championship League competition.
The Panthers were in Maitland on Sunday for the two basketball games, winning the women's game 61-52 and the men's game 77-68.
The debutante Panthers women's team has now won four games in their first season in the league and will be looking to take that tally to five this Sunday, when they host the lowly-ranked Parramatta Wildcats.
Penrith led all game against the Mustangs, led by import Kallie Hovatter (25 points), Taylah Clark (16) and rookie Kelli Sims (11 points, 10 boards)
Penrith's win in the men's game was even more important, as the Panthers are currently in a five-team pack — all chasing just three spots in the upcoming playoff series.
Hills District, Hornsby, Central Coast, Newcastle and Penrith are all on 12 wins and 11 losses and this weekend's round of games will result in two of those teams missing out in the post-season.
While the Wildcats have been one of the poorer-performing teams this season, Penrith head coach Jeff Cooper knows the importance of keeping his players' minds on the job, as the Panthers cannot afford a lapse in concentration at the business end of the season.
Women: Penrith Panthers 61 (Kallie Hovatter 25 points; Taylah Clark 16; Kelli Sims 11 points, 10 boards defeated Maitland Mustangs 52
Men: Penrith Panthers 77 (Ben Ellsworth 35 points, 17 boards; Ben Kearins 14 points; Louis Brandt 10) defeated Maitland Mustangs 68