Panthers Go 3-0 Against Polar Bears
February 11, 2013Augusta Independent Schools
On Friday night the Augusta Panthers were on the road again this time to face the Bracken County Polar Bears for the 3rd time this season. It was a slow starting game that was as tense as usual but the Panthers found a way to break free to lead 17-12 after 1 quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Panthers continued to maintain their lead and slightly extend it. It wasn't exciting but the Panthers led all they way up to the half, 34-25. In the 3rd quarter Augusta dropped 24 points on the Polar Bears reaching their largest lead of the night of 16, when it was 56-40. The quarter ended 58-44 and it appeared the Panthers would roll to victory. But as the 4th quarter started Bracken County had other plans. They would start the quarter on a 6-0 run quickly closing the gap to 8. Under normal circumstances this would get Augusta's attention and see them go on a run of their own but instead the game remained tight as the Polar Bears continued to hit shots and force turnovers. But as it would turn out all they could get was very close as the Panthers hit free throws to stay in front and sneak out of the Igloo with a 67-62 victory. The win made Augusta 18-9. Brent Bach led the Panthers with 33 points and Tanner Kelsch dropped in 11.
"We are very fortunate tonight. I give Bracken County all the credit. They kept fighting and never quit," said Coach Hinson, "We've got some things to fix and believe me, we will fix them."
Scoring vs. Bracken County: Bach 33, Kelsch 11, Snapp 8, Maddox 5, Crawford 5, Barrett 3, Conn 2