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Panthers win with 'D'

February 01, 2004|by JACK HILL III

With both Hancock's and St. Maria Goretti's offenses struggling in Saturday's girls basketball game, the Panthers simply cranked up the defense a little more and blew away the Gaels.

Goretti managed just five field goals the entire game, and Hancock's suffocating defense led to a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter as the panthers pulled away for a 39-25 victory at the Gael Center.

"They harassed us with their pressure defense and that caused us to make some turnovers which led to some easy baskets," Goretti coach Todd Rideout said. "When they had that 10-0 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, that just hurt us."

Hancock (7-6) entered the fourth leading Goretti (8-12) by four, 25-21. Determined to finish strong, the Panthers clamped down and held the Gaels without a point for the first four minutes of the frame.

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"Overall, we played pretty good defense," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "We were just trying to pressure them a little bit and pack it in, so we could force them to shoot the outside jumper."

While Goretti's shots weren't falling, Hancock - led by Amber Moats and Dana Beaver, who both finished with 11 points - made enough to take control.

"Our girls finally got to get some of their outside shots to fall in the fourth quarter when we made that run," Wills said. "When you can get some shots to fall, then good things happen."

Jennifer Willison had 17 rebounds, Kris Creek had seven assists and four steals, Moats had six rebounds and Jenna Demory added five rebounds for the Panthers.

J.D. Nye led Goretti with seven points. Jessica Myers grabbed seven rebounds and Katie Martin added six rebounds for the Gaels.

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