Sarah Hillman’s 19 points helped the Polytech Panthers’ girls basketball squad to a 48-38 victory over the Dover Senators on Friday night.

The Panthers broke out to an early 11 point lead, thanks to a 17-point first quarter while keeping the Lady Senators to just six points.

In the second quarter, the Dover offense woke up thanks to double-digit outputs form Paschence Harris, Reeva Jackson, and Louella Cooper. The Senators were able to pick away at the Panther lead in the second quarter, getting some easy points in the paint while forcing Polytech’s offensive tries to the perimeter of the court. However, after one half of play the Panthers still lead 25-19.

In the second half, the Panthers offense got back to their bread and butter by getting the ball inside to Hillman who led all scorers with her 19 points.  As for the rest of the Panthers, the scoring was spread around nicely. Along with Hillman, nine Panthers finished with at least a point in the win Friday night.

The Panthers used that well-rounded attack to keep their offensive pressure steady through the third and fourth quarters. While Dover was able to make a late run in the fourth, they couldn’t come up with key stops at the other end to allow them back into the game.

The loss for the Lady Senators is their third in a row, dropping their record to 2-13 on the season. Dover looks to break their losing streak on Thursday, February 6 when they host Cape Henlopen at 7:15 p.m.

As for the Panthers, they’ve now won four of their last six games, improving to 7-6 on the year. They’re back in action on Tuesday, February 4 when they travel to take on Lake Forest at 6:15 p.m.