The St. Pat’s Irish held off a fourth quarter Hershey rally Thursday in a hard fought, 57-49 victory on the Panthers’ court.
Hershey (12-8) opened up a 9-2 lead before the Irish offense got on track and fought back to trail 11-9 at the end of the first period.
The Panther offense went stagnant while a determined St. Pat’s (18-2) squad started to find the mark. Accurate long-range shots by Corby Condon and inside buckets by Dolan Branch helped the Irish outscore Hershey 33-18 in the second and third periods to lead by 13 heading into the final stanza.
But Hershey refused to fold. Sage Young got hot from beyond the arc and hit three treys to help his team cut the deficit to six points.
But with time running out, the Panthers were forced to foul. St. Pat’s hit key free throws and several Hershey turnovers sealed the win for the Irish.
Condon led the Irish with 19 points, including three-pointers from outside the arc. Branch had 15 and Jack Heiss scored 13.
For Hershey, Young led all scorers with 20 points, including five threes, and Cayden Spearman hit three treys to finish the game with 10 points.
Hershey hit nine treys on the night and St. Pat’s had five.
The Irish went 16-35 from the free throw line. Hershey was 8-23.
St. Pat’s will finish the regular season at home Feb. 21 against the powerful Paxton Tigers (18-2) and their 6’11” center.
Hershey closes out at home Feb. 17 against Mullen (13-5).
Score by quarters:
St. Pat’s: 9 -17 -16 -15 — 57
Hershey: 11 -10 -8 -20 — 49