Dan Eyrich, AP sports
The EP Lady Panthers opened their post-season play with a dominating win over Oregon in Erie on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers opened up a 15 point lead at half and cruised to a 51-19 win.
The Hawks got out o a 4-2 lead before the Panther charged back to take a 6-4 lead on a Sydney Schwartz three. The Panthers caused numerous turnovers for the visitors with their high octane defense, which led to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter.
EP’s a full court press continued to pay dividends as they turned multiple turnovers into points. A three by Hannah Huisman put EP up 20-9 with three minutes to go in the half and they would go to the locker room up 27 -12.
The Panthers continued to pour it on on the third quarter. A three by Kennedy Buck pushed the lead to 21. A second three by Schwartz made it a 36-12 game with 2:30 left in the quarter. EP would hold Oregon to just 2 points in the quarter as they went to the final eight minutes up 40-14.
EP pushed their advantage to 30 in the final quarter to start a running clock as the Panther bench picked up some valuable minutes.
Ten Panthers scored in the contest knocking down 7 threes with Kennedy Buck leading the scoring with 10. Aubrey Huisman had 9, booking 7 in the fourth quarter. Gabi Abell and Olivia Purvis each added 7 and Sydney Swartz had a pair of threes for 6.
Coach Chris Brown after the game said, “I thought we played pretty tough with good contributions from everyone.”
The Panthers will take on Princeton at 7:30 on Tuesday at Rock Island Alleman in round two of the regional. The Tigers got the best of the Panthers in an opening season tournament in November, 43-30.