The Hershey girls’ basketball team (15-5) pounded the Lady Tigers 66-18 Thursday at Paxton.
Paxton (6-13) couldn’t contain the Panthers potent offense and were stymied by their full court pressure defense.
Ashley Hassett scored 12 points in the first four minutes to help the Panthers to a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter
Things got worse for the Tigers in the second quarter. Hershey scored at will both inside and out and went to the locker room with a 39-13 lead.
Hershey coach Michael Jorgenson substituted freely throughout the game. With the Panther offense hitting on all cylinders, it didn’t matter which five girls were on the court –the outmatched Tigers could not stop the bloodbath and trailed 55-14 headed into the final eight minutes.
With the game well in hand, Jorgenson left his starting five on the bench in the fourth quarter.
Even with limited minutes, Hassett led the Panthers with 20 points and Channing Holm hit double digits with 15.
Trista Detmer scored seven for Paxton.
The Panthers hit four three-point baskets, two by Peyton Messersmith, one each by Jenna Fels and Dayonna Roberts. The team hit 8-14 free throws.
Paxton was scoreless from beyond the arc and 4-8 from the charity stripe.
Jorgenson said after the opening 12-2 run, the team slowed down.
“We had a slow start but got it fixed and started playing up to the level of intensity that we are used to seeing,” he said. “Paxton played tough and kept it close for the first quarter and they never quit. But our girls kept it up and took over.”
Hershey will go to North Platte St. Pat’s Thursday and wind up the regular season against the rival Irish (20-1).
“It will be a brawl,” Jorgenson said. “They got two on us this year, we have to try and get this third one.”
Score by quarters:
Hershey: 16 -23 -16 -11 –66
Paxton: 8 -5 -1 -4 –18