The Hershey Lady Panthers got out to a fast start against North Platte St. Pat’s on Thursday at home.
Unfortunately for the Lady Irish, that was only the beginning. Hershey continued to build momentum until they finished with an 86-41 victory on their home court.
Emma Hall and Kenna Bringewatt scored the first two baskets for the Panthers (13-8). Hall scored again and the lead grew to 10-0 after Haily Miller got consecutive layups.
Hall made a pair of free throws before St. Pat’s (5-17) got on the board five minutes in the game when Reese Fleck made a couple of foul shots on the other end.
Hershey led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter began with threes by Hall and Ali Vaughn to push the lead to nearly 20. The Irish kept the Panthers from getting much further ahead in the second and it was 38-20 at halftime.
Hershey turned up the tempo after the break and St. Pat’s was powerless to stop them. The Panthers put up 27 points in the third quarter and led 65-31 going into the fourth.
Normally in one-sided games, the team that’s ahead will empty their bench late. They’ve already got the game won and what point is there to risk injury to key players just to keep piling on? The problem for the Irish was Hershey sports a rotation of nine deep and there isn’t much drop-off from the starters to who they bring off the bench. Those players for the Panthers continued to score at will and they recorded their highest point total of the season.
It was the last regular season game for both teams. Next, Hershey will play Ogallala (11-9) on Tuesday in the C1-11 sub-district at Gothenburg, while St. Pat’s will play Perkins County (11-10) in the C2-12 sub-district at Bayard.
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