The streak is over.
The Hermitage Panthers opened on a 20-6 run, withstood a Patrick Henry comeback, and finished on a 20-5 run to hand the Patriots their first loss of the 2011-12 season Friday evening, 64-46.
A relentless full-court pressure defense wilted the Patriots' offense early, with constant steals and turnovers helping Hermitage to easy baskets and the early 14-point advantage.
The Patriots were down 12 at halftime, but cut the lead to six after three periods, utilizing a full-court pressure defense of their own to disrupt the Panther attack. Amber Lee held a steady presence inside, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Summer Price also had 15 points, while Katie Anderson added 11.
With the score 44-41 Hermitage, the Panthers began their final 20-5 surge with an 8-2 run in the middle of the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 52-43. The Patriots would only muster four more points in the game's final minutes.
Patrick Henry is now 13-1 in the Colonial District, 18-1 overall. Hermitage is just behind Patrick Henry in the District at 13-2. Their overall record is 15-5.
Patrick Henry returns to Ashland for their final home game of the regular season Monday night at 7pm against Lee-Davis.
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