Hershey traveled six miles down the road to battle rival Sutherland Tuesday and brought home a 43-31 win.
Hershey is on a roll. They notched their seventh straight win.
The Panthers used a pressing defense and bench depth to end the Sailors four-game win streak.
Sutherland (5-4) kept the game close and only trailed by two at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers outscored them in the second and led by eight at halftime.
Hershey continued to throw fresh bodies into the game and eventually wore down the understaffed Sailors, pulling away for an 11-point victory.
Emily Barr led the Panther attack with 11 points and Sydney Wolken added eight.
Bailee Fear scored 10 for the Sailors and teammate Erica Hopping had nine.
Hershey Head Coach Michael Jorgenson said defense was the key to victory.
“The defensive pressure is the thing that gave us the win tonight, maintaining that pressure was the key.” he said. “We are going to have to keep working hard and get better.”
Jorgenson said it was a tough game.
“Sutherland Coach Gunderson made it a rough night for us, he had his girls playing hard and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”
Next, Hershey (9-3) travels to Valentine Friday to face the Badgers (3-8). The Sailors will entertain Cambridge (7-3).
Jorgenson said he expects a good game against Valentine.
“It will be another tough one,” he said. “We have to make sure we cover their shooters and I think our pressure will be effective, but it won’t be easy. Anytime you have to ride a bus two-and-a-half-hours and get off, expecting to have legs that are working great – you have to be careful.”