The Lady Panthers blew out Sutherland 57-25 Tuesday in the Sailors High School gym.
Hershey (5-7) ended a three game losing streak by opening up a 17-5 first quarter lead to overpower the short handed Sailors (1-9).
Panther freshman Tahlia Steinbeck set the tone for the game with 11 points in the first quarter and four more in the second to help give the Panthers a comfortable 19 point lead at halftime.
Hershey’s stingy defense held the Sailors to just one two-point basket in the game. Their other 23 points came by way of five treys and five free throws.
Sutherland Head Coach Jason Gunderson said things have gone bad for his team. “We lost four starters to injuries and it makes things tough,” he said.
Hershey Coach Jordan Nelson said he saw some major improvements in his team. “Our girls came out and played together as a team a lot more tonight,” Nelson said. “They played as a unit with a common goal and didn’t worry about the things some kids worry about sometimes, like individual stats.”
Nelson has faith in his team. “We can be a really good team when we show up,” he said. “We are still building and we are building in the right direction.”
Steinbeck ended the game with 19 points and teammate Jenna Frels added seven.
Sutherland’s Faith Stewart scored 10 points with three treys and Kellan Copeland put in eight points with two three point baskets.
Next, the Panthers travel to Valentine Friday to battle the Badgers (6-6).
“Valentine is a good team,” Nelson said. “We will have to be ready, they beat Chadron earlier and Chadron is 11-1 so we know they can play.”
Score by quarter:
Hershey: 17 -14 -16 -10 -57
Sutherland: 5 -7 -5 -8 -25