Hershey upsets St. Pat's, will play Bridgeport in SPVA championship

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - After an exciting slate of SPVA semi-final games for the girls Thursday, the boys had a lot to live up to with Friday’s games… and they did not disappoint.

Cayden Spearman runs the fast break following a fourth quarter steal in Friday's SPVA semi-final game against St. Pat's. The Panthers defeated the Irish 42-33. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

The first semi-final featured a rivalry game between an undefeated St. Pat’s and Hershey.

The Panthers took control of the game early, scoring the first nine points of the game, and didn’t look back from there. They held the Irish to just 12 first half points, and held a 23-12 lead at the break. The Irish battled down the stretch, cutting the Panther lead to as little as six points with a minute left, but that’s as close as they would get as the Panthers hand the Irish their first loss of the season, 42-33.

Game two was between two 10-win teams as Chase County faced Bridgeport.

The teams traded blows early and often, and Bridgeport held a three-point lead at the half. The game came down to the wire, but the Bulldogs held off for the 40-35 win.

Bridgeport and Hershey will play Saturday for the SPVA championship. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. central at NPCC.