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Coach Dustin Jorgenson maps strategy with the Panthers.
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Sub district boys basketball action began Monday night in Sutherland for the C1-11 bracket playoffs. The first round game featured the fifth-seeded Hershey Panthers (4-18) against the No. 4 seed, Ogallala Indians. (3-18).

It was win or go home for these teams and a large crowd of fans from both schools filled the gym. Hershey prevailed, 48-32.

The first points weren't scored until half way through the quarter and the teams traded baskets in the rest of the period. Hershey led 8-7 at the buzzer. The action heated up in the second period. The Panthers outscored the Indians 19-15 to head into the locker room with a 27-22 lead. The second half started like the first, as neither team could consistently hit the hoop, but Hershey was able to increase their lead, outscoring Ogallala 7-3.

In the final stanza, the Panthers pulled away as Ogallala continued to struggle on offense. Hershey outscored them 14-7 to win going away.

"Give Hershey a lot of credit. They executed well." said Ogallala head coach Matt VanEngan. "We played some good defense and made them work for their baskets.  We just couldn't get our shots to fall, and that was the story of the game."

"I think our kids played a great game,” Hershey coach Dustin Jorgensen said. “They really stuck with it. Our defense stepped up and challenged their shots."

The Panthers were only 15-29 at the charity stripe. Ogallala fared better hitting 11-19. Landon Maassen led all scorers with 12 points for Hershey.  Kalon Czarnick had 8 and Josh Margritz, 7.

Point leaders for Ogallala were Adam Crandall with 8 and Jarod Jaeger with 7.

The Panthers move on to the next round Tuesday against the No. 1 seeded Chase County (16-6) That game will be the first contest Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the No. 4 seed Gothenburg Swedes (12-11) will battle No. 3 Cozad Haymakers (14-8). Winners of those games play Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. for the sub district championship.

"In order to win tomorrow against Chase County, we will need to take care of the ball and continue to play good defense," Jorgensen said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/25/2014
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