H-P Sports Editor

Palestine head coach Andy Snider has said all season that his offense tries to take what the defense gives the Ladycats.

Friday night, with Hudson swarming Palestine post player Allison Reed, it was the outside shooters for the Ladycats who stepped up in Palestine’s 45-31 win at Wildcat Gymnasium.

“The girls shot real well,” Snider said. “They were taking away our inside game so our outside shooters stayed relaxed and took their time shooting.”

Reed, who scored a game-high 22 points in Palestine’s win over Hudson in the first meeting of the two teams, was held to four points as she was being double teamed the entire game.

The Palestine guard combination of Jazmine Cashmere and Jessica Faggett picked up the slack, combining for 24 points.

After Hudson took an early 5-1 lead, the Ladycats went on an 18-0 run, lasting through the second quarter to establish a 19-5 lead.

Palestine took its first lead of the game when Anjelica Deckard drove baseline for a layup.

The Ladycats extended their first-quarter lead when Cashmere, who had a game-high 14 points, nailed a three pointer from the win.

In the final minute of the quarter, Reed had a putback and then at the buzzer, Deckard made a three pointer from the wing, giving Palestine a 17-5 lead.

The Ladycats ended their 18-0 run when Deckard found Kyla Pinkston for a layup.

Through the second and third quarters, Palestine kept a lead over Hudson, but the Ladycats were not able to fully pull away.

Palestine’s biggest lead in the third quarter was 14 points as Faggett, who had 10 points on the night, made a 15-foot jumper and then Tajan Snowden had four straight points.

However, Hudson scored the final seven points of the quarter to get within seven points, 34-27, going into the fourth quarter.

Palestine put Hudson away in the fourth quarter by scoring the first nine points of the quarter. The run was started when Faggett drove the baseline and as she was falling, she made the shot underneath the basket.

Cashmere gave Palestine a 43-27 lead when she hit a three pointer from the wing and thne a minute later, she drove an open lane for an uncontested layup.

Hudson, who was held to four points in the fourth quarter, did not score in the quarter until 1:30 left in the game.

The win keeps Palestine in the playoff hunt as the Ladycats stay a game behind Huntington, who defeated Westwood 68-52 Friday night.

“We keep playing and having fun,” Snider said. “This is a great group of players and they are just enjoying the moment.”

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