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Hershey's Hanna Johnson fires from three-point range.
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Johnson contests Chadron's Peyton Hinn as Maddie Seamann looks on.
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SIDNEY-The season came to an end Friday for the Hershey girls' basketball team as the Panthers lost 50-21 to Chadron in the district final.

Hershey brought a host of fans and the entire school band to Sidney to cheer their team, but the Chadron Cardinals dominated the game.

The Cardinals came out with a pressure defense, caused several turnovers and surged to a 15-7 first quarter lead. They continued to apply full court pressure through the second quarter and held Hershey's Maegan Hiatt and Tayler Baker scoreless.

Hanna Johnson came off the bench for the Panthers to score a three-pointer and a two-point goal, and Hershey closed the gap to seven points with a little over a minute to go in the half, but once again Chadron turned up the pressure, caused turnovers and scored some quick buckets at the end of the half to take a comfortable 28-14 lead into the locker room.

The Cardinals put the game away in the third quarter with the same press that worked in the first half.

By virture of turnovers and cold shooting by the Panthers, the Cardinals built a commanding 40-16 lead. In the final period, Hershey still couldn't get their offense going and Chadron continued to force turnovers, contesting every inbound play. Chadron's leading scorers were Ashlea Kerr with 16 points and Bailea Kerr with 12. 

For Hershey, Maddie Seamann scored  6 and Hannah Johnson had 5.

"Our team put a lot of pressure on Hershey,"  Chadron coach Curt Holmquist said. "The girls' great defense is what made the difference." 

Hershey coach Jeremy Thomas said Chadron is a great team. 

"I thought there was some holes in their defense when I studied them," Thomas said. "We found out that there is nothing lacking in their game.  We never recovered from the run they made at the end of the second quarter. The girls had a great season and I am sad it had to end this way for our seniors." 

The Lady Panthers end their season with a record of 23-4.

Chadron (20-4) will be the No. 2 seed at the state tournament and will play Pierce in the first round on Thursday at the Devaney Center. 

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/1/2014
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