The vaunting pressure defense and timely shooting was the difference as the Lady Haymakers were defeated by the visiting and highly touted Hershey hoopsters 46-26 in a Friday night showcase in the Barn.
Using their pressure and athleticism, the Panthers clawed their way to an early 14-5 lead before the buzzer echoed in the Barn, signifying the end of the first quarter of play.
The Cozad ball handlers were able to deal with Hershey pressure with more confidence in the second stanza, as the Lady Haymakers netted nine points in the second quarter to make the halftime break score 27-14.
Coming out of the intermission, the Hershey defense stepped up their pressure even more than earlier. The Panthers were able to create more offense in transition from their defense as they outscored the host Lady Haymakers 10-2 during the period.
The Red and Black were chasing a 37-16 deficit as the fourth quarter began. The Lady Haymakers were once again able to adjust to the defensive pressure from Hershey to prosper on offense. The Cozad shooters were able to cash in and outscore the Panthers 10-9 during the period, but it wasn’t enough to extinguish the earlier deficit. Hershey notched the 46-26 road victory.
Cozad was led in scoring by Samantha Carlson with 11 points.
Showcasing her shooting prowess, Emily Reyes flexed the net for seven points for the Lady Haymakers offense.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hershey 14 13 10 9 46
Cozad 5 9 2 10 26
Cozad: Samantha Carlson 11, Emily Reyes 7, Hannah Thramer 4, Rebecca Etherton 2, Sarah Yocom 2.
Wasting no time at all to go on the offensive, the Haymaker boys scored an early lead and cruised to a 51-26 victory over Hershey in front of a raucous crowd at the Barn on Friday.
Showing a juggernaut offense that was hitting on all cylinders, the Red and Black flexed the net for a 19-4 lead during the opening quarter of play to ignite the fans the in attendance to rise to their feet.
During the playing of the second quarter the Haymakers inched away on the scoreboard as they outscored the Hershey offense 10-9 during the period. Cozad entered the halftime break with a 16-point lead, 29-13.
The Haymakers offense were still thriving on making the extra pass in the third quarter as they exploded for a 14-6 scoring surge in the stanza to increase the Red and Black lead to 24-points, 43-19.
Over the final eight minutes of regulation, the Cozad defense didn’t allow for many scoring opportunities and showed great value in each of their own possessions. The Haymakers outscored Hershey 8-7 during the fourth quarter to power the Red and Black to a convincing 51-26 victory.
For the game, the Haymakers shot 33 percent from the field and racked up 19 steals.
Conor Young scored a game-high 16 points to go along with his eight rebounds and three assists.
Jake Paulsen used his great speed and quickness to chip in with 12 points, seven caroms and five steals.
Colin Wetovick and Nate Bubak dropped in seven and six points for Cozad. Bubak along with Jacob Stallbaumer, both ripped down eight rebounds as well.
Tysen Werner tied with Young for the team-lead in assists with three dimes.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hershey 4 9 6 7 26
Cozad 19 10 14 8 51
Cozad: Conor Young 16, Jake Paulsen 12, Colin Wetovick 7, Nate Bubak 6, Jason Finnegan 4, Jacob Stallbaumer 4, Tanner Evertson 2.