By MARK KELLER
HANCOCK - Every basketball team goes into a contest with a game plan of some sort. It's the ability to execute that game plan from start to finish that makes a team successful.
It took the Hancock boys' basketball team a little too long to begin executing its plan Tuesday night. As a result, the Panthers played catch-up with Northern Garrett the entire game and came up short, losing to the Huskies, 71-63, in the Class 1A West quarterfinals.
Northern (9-13) used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to build a 20-6 lead. Hancock never quite recovered.
The Huskies kept Hancock at arm's length, not allowing the Panthers closer than seven points the rest of the way.
"We knew we couldn't play a bad first period like we did the last time we played them," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "If we got down double digits, which we did, we couldn't play the way we wanted to."