Southern Huntingdon’s defense quickly set the tone of Friday evening’s home Inter-County Conference South Division contest with Northern Bedford. Just four days earlier, the Panthers put up 46 points against the Rockets. However, Southern Huntingdon held Northern to just two points in the opening period last evening and one point in the third. Meanwhile, the Rockets had seven players finish in the scoring column and turned an 18-point halftime lead into a 48-20 victory.
“Everyone played tremendous defense tonight and it was also nice to see a lot of people scoring. But, this was by far our best defensive effort of the season,” commented Rocket head coach Phil Speck.
Southern Huntingdon has won three of four games this week, improving to 7-11 overall and 6-6 in the division, including a 54-46 win at Loysburg Monday. Northern Bedford slipped to 3-16 overall and 2-11 in the circuit.
Jenny Cantrell continues to power the Rocket offense, finishing with a game-high 22 points in the contest. Hannah Hunsinger added nine and Jocelyn Whitsel had five. Southern shot 37 percent from the field (21-of-57).
Madison Johnson paced the Panthers with seven points, followed by four from Olivia Higgins and three from Cameron Pressel. The Panthers netted just 5-of-48 attempts from the field (10 percent).
Northern opened with a triangle-and-two defense with two people covering Cantrell. However, Olivia Wilson knocked down a shot and Hunsinger drained a three to help the Rockets carve out 14-2 advantage at the quarter mark.
“After other people started making shots, Northern got out of the triangle and went to a man defense and then a 2-3 zone,” added Speck. “It was nice to see three others step up to score. Defensively, we played a straight up man defense and did a nice job against Northern’s pick-and-roll.”
Cantrell and Hunsinger scored four points apiece in the second period and the Southern defense held the Panthers to just three field goals in the first half to take a 28-10 lead into halftime.
Northern Bedford got a free throw early in the third and that was all for the quarter. Cantrell had another seven points and the Rockets built a 39-11 cushion. Cantrell had her last six points within the first three minutes of the fourth.
Brenna Miller scored 11 points, including converting a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left, to lift the Rocket junior varsity (3-10) to a 26-25 victory.
Southern Huntingdon is home tonight for an ICC South game against Everett.