Photo by Joe Chitwood
Tayler Baker at the line.
Photo by Joe Chitwood
Coach Jeremy Thomas outlines fourth quarter strategy.
With accurate shooting and a stingy defense, the Hershey Lady Panthers prevailed Thursday, 41-30, over Gothenburg and captured the subdistrict championship.
A large crowd was on hand at Sutherland High School to watch the battle.
Hershey came out of the gate and launched a12-0 run, led by 7 points from Maegan Haitt. Tayler Baker capped the run with a 3 point basket.
Gothenburg answered with six points on two long 3-point baskets by Regan Geiken to end the quarter, 12-6.
Baker started the second quarter with her second three-pointer as the Panthers went on another run, 10-3, to double their lead.
The teams traded baskets and the half ended with Hershey on top 25-12.
Ryce Troyer started the second half scoring with a basket for the Pantherst, followed by Baker’s third 3-pointer of the game. Gothenburg got on the board with a 3-pointer for their only points of the quarter. Hershey scored another basket and led 32-15 at the start of the fourth quarter. Gothenburg outscored the Panthers 15-9 in the final frame but could not overtake Hershey.
Maddie Seamann led the Panthers in scoring with 13 points. Baker followed with10 and Hiatt finished with 8.
Regan Geiken led all scorers with 15 points for the Swedes.
Gothenburg finished the season at 10-13. Hershey improved to 23-3, setting a new school record for season victories, with solid hopes of adding to that record next week, when they face the Chadron Cardinals in the district championship.
The game will be played in Sidney on Friday, Feb. 28.
Coach Jeremy Thomas was happy with the effort put forth by his team.
"The girls came out and played a strong first four minutes of all four quarters and controlled the game" Thomas said. "They missed a few free throws at the last, but overall played a great game.”
“ I was proud of their effort,” Thomas said. “They also took good care of the ball and only had one turnover in the last four minutes.
Thomas said the team will take a day off before beginning preparations for the district title game.
Thomas encouraged his team to prepare for a battle and bring along their scissors next week, in hopes of a victory and cutting down the net.