Blairsville, Georgia- The Union County Lady Panthers hosted the Towns County Lady Indians in a non region matchup on Friday night.
Ava Hunter got the Panthers on the board quickly following Lara Turner winning the opening tip. After 2 straight turnovers by both teams, Corinne Hill scored 4 quick points to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead. Following a timeout by the Indians, the Indians scored to cut the Panther lead to 6-2. Hunter was fouled and made both free throws to give the Panthers a 8-2 lead. The Indians were fouled following a great blocked shot by Rebekah Chambers and the Indians made 1/2 free throws. Ariel McCarter stole the ball and took the ball all the way to the basket and was fouled. McCarter missed both free throws. The Indians were fouled on the next possession and made 1/2 free throws to make the score 8-3. Chambers was fouled after taking the ball all the way to the basket following a rebound. Chambers made 1/2 free throws. Hill stole the ball after the Indians broke the full court press and Hunter scored to give the Panthers a 11-3 lead. Following a Panther turnover after a timeout, the Indians scored but Hill responded and extended the Panther lead to 13-5. After another Panther turnover, the Indians scored to cut the Panther lead to 13-7. Turner took the ball to the basket and scored following getting fouled. The Panthers scored 5 straight points to end the quarter and 18-7.
Both teams started the quarter turning the ball over and missing some easy shots. Turner made a 3 but the Indians scored and was fouled to make the score 21-10 following a made free throw. Turner and McCarter scored to give the Panthers a 25-10 lead. Hunter picked up another steal and quickly passed it up the court and following a missed shot, Hunter got the rebound and scored to give the Panthers a 27-10 lead. The Indians responded and ended the Panther run to cut the Panther lead to 27-12. Hunter quickly responded and scored while picking up the foul. Hunter missed the following free throw but the Panthers still led 29-12. Following a foul by the Panthers, the Indians made 1/2 free throws to make the score 29-13. Following a few turnovers by both teams, McCarter made a deep 2 and after the made shot, the Panthers picked up a steal and scored to extend the Panthers lead to 33-13. The Panthers led 33-13 at halftime.
The Indians scored first to begin the half to cut the Panther lead to 33-15 but Chambers responded and extended the Panthers lead to 35-15. Following the score by Chambers, the Panthers stole the ball at half court and Hill scored and picked up a foul to extend the lead to 37-15. Hill made the following free throw to make the score 38-15. The Panthers stole the ball at half court again and Hill scored to extend the lead to 40-15. After getting fouled, Hill made both free throws to extend the Panther lead to 42-15. After a Panther turnover, the Indians scored to end the Panthers 9-0 run and cut the Panther lead 42-17. Hunter was fouled and made 1/2 free throws and Turner got the rebound following the missed free throw and scored to extend the Panther lead to 45-17. The Indians pushed the ball up the court and scored after getting fouled. The Panthers still led 45-19. Chambers was fouled and made 1/2 free throws to extend the Panther lead to 46-19. The Panthers led 50-21 after a quiet last 3 minutes of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was quiet for the Panthers but the Indians outscored the Panthers 14-2. The Panthers played their 2nd and 3rd team for most of the fourth quarter as they were well ahead and in winning position. The Panthers beat the Indians 52-35. The Panthers bounced back well following the loss @ Habersham. The Panthers travel to Fannin on Saturday.