Panthers dominate Cards 63-17

Jan. 27—SAEGERTOWN — When Cochranton hosted Saegertown in December the Panthers won by six points. On Friday night at Steve Scott Gymnasium, Saegertown won by 46 points.

It all started on the defensive end for Saegertown. The Panthers pressured Cochranton ball handlers in a full-court scheme and forced the Cards to turn the ball over.

When the Cardinals were able to settle into a half-court offensive set, the Panthers were aggressive and didn't allow any easy looks. The turnovers resulted in a lot of fast breaks for Saegertown and helped fuel the Panthers in their 63-17 win.

"We ratcheted up our defense. I don't know how many open looks they had, but it wasn't many. We talked about defense travels and defense is what continues to win basketball games," Saegertown head coach Chris Greco said. "If we bring that pressure, those defensive plays turn into easy offensive scoring opportunities when you are bogged down against a good team in a half court set.

"We put a conscious effort into trying to get out and run. When doing that, the offense seems to flow a whole lot better and they play a whole lot looser."

Saegertown didn't allow a Cochranton point til there was 1:14 left to play in the first quarter. By that time, the Panthers led 15-0.

The Panthers continued to lock down the Cards and led 22-2 early in the second quarter. The Cards put together an eight-point second quarter and trailed 38-10 at halftime.

When Saegertown wasn't getting buckets in transition, the offense ran smoothly in the half court.

"We became much more efficient on offense. Certainly that was something we didn't do well against their zone a couple weeks ago before Christmas," Greco said. "We've been putting in some time against zone defensive looks."

Saegertown was led in scoring by Collin Jones with 15 points. Luke Young and Cody Huson added 13 and nine, respectively.

The Panthers are 5-1 in Region 3 action and 10-5 overall. Saegertown will play at Youngsville on Monday.

Cochranton was led in scoring with six points from Brady Rynd. The Cards are 3-3 in the region and 5-9 overall.

"We shouldn't even have gotten on the bus, but it's just one game," Cochranton head coach Phil Canfield said. "I love those guys in that locker room and we will get it fixed and be better Tuesday night."

Cochranton will play at Rocky Grove on Monday.


Cochranton (17)

Rynd 2 2-3 6, Haskins 1 1-3 3, W. Carroll 1 0-0 2, D. Carroll 0 1-2 1, Aiken 0 1-4 1, Knapka 2 0-0 4.

Totals 6 5-12 17.

Saegertown (63)

Jones 7 0-1 15, Young 5 3-4 13, Huson 4 0-2 8, L. Gardner 2 0-0 5, Wilkinson 1 2-2 4, Shaffer 2 0-0 4, Leslie 0 2-2 2, Manning 0 2-2 2, Draa 0 1-2 1, Scott 4 0-0 9.

Totals 25 10-17 63.



3-point goals: Saegertown — Jones, Scott, L. Gardner.

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