Girls basketball previews: Hershey Panthers

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- The Hershey girls basketball team lost two seniors to graduation last season, but of their returning players, they retain their team leaders in points, assists, and rebounds per game.

The Panthers have seven seniors on their roster. Head coach Michael Jorgenson believes this team has a lot of hard working players and will see production from more than just those seniors.

"I think that we're going to have great defense, that was one of our strengths last year, we were able to really defend. I think our shooting has improved, we just have a lot of confident girls," Jorgenson said.

"They're a highly competitive group, great leaders, and they're working so hard. Just the first three days of practice have been really impressive," Jorgenson added.

Senior guards Ashley Hassett and Ashlyn Banks look to be two of the leaders of this team, and have an optimistic outlook of their last seasons.

"It's going to be an amazing year for all of us. Our seniors are very outgoing and make sure the team's going and make sure we're all at our best," Banks said.

When asked what the strength of this Panther team would be, Hassett said, "A lot of energy and excitement and just working together, we work really good anywhere."

In the eyes of coach Jorgenson, the competitive spirit the players show at practice is going to be an asset for them once the season starts up.

"Our practices are intense, and that helps. Whenever you can go hard against each other, it's going to help out when you have to go play a game," Jorgenson said.

The Panthers open their season on November 29 hosting Perkins County.