Turnovers continue to be a major problem for the Southern Huntingdon boys’ basketball team, who played at Northern Bedford Thursday evening. The Rockets fell behind early, but picked it up to get even at the break. They started to fade in the second half, losing a 49-42 Inter-County Conference South matchup with the Panthers.

The Rockets are now 7-11 on the season and 5-8 in the ICC South. The Panthers are 2-17 and 2-11 in the division. The Rockets won the first meeting between the two schools 87-58 in Orbisonia last month.

“Turnovers killed us,” stated Rocket head coach Stacy Horne. “We threw the ball away and just could not handle it. We made bad decisions on the floor. They out-hustled us and won the battle on the boards with no response from us. They were just hungrier for a win than we were.”

The Rockets had a tough time getting going in the first quarter. They scored seven points while the Panthers hit for 16. Hayden Foor nailed two treys and a bucket to help the Panthers get the nine-point lead.

Southern’s defense played better in the second quarter, holding the Panthers to seven points. Foor added a trey and Caleb Diehl hit for four points. Ryan Hammons knocked down two treys for the Rockets, who scored 16 points to go into the break tied at 23.

The Rockets spread 10 points around in the third quarter, going up by two points until the turnovers caused them to give up the lead again. The Panthers hit for 13-ponts with Foor adding six to his team-high total of 21. The Panthers took a three-point lead to the fourth quarter.

Southern continued to turn the ball over and the Panthers kept hustling in the final period. Four Panthers scored in the fourth quarter with three players having four points each. Hammons and Ryder Hileman both hit treys for the Rockets. Hammons ended the night with 13 points. The Rockets could not get close enough to get a chance at the win.

In the opening game of the night, the Rocket (9-5) junior varsity won a 37-19 decision. Isaac Hamman hit for 16 points and Dawson Booher added 10 for the Rockets.

Saturday, the Rockets will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic.

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