Holliston just couldn’t get its foot in the door.
The Panthers’ record stands at an underwhelming 4-8 after Tuesday night’s game against the Hopkinton Hillers. It was the team’s third straight loss.
“We didn’t do as well as we needed to,” coach Dan Santos said. “We were strong against the press but we would take quick shots which kind of played into the tempo they made us go at.”
The Panthers fell behind in the opening minutes and spent the rest of the game struggling to catch up. The final score was 59-39 Hopkinton.
The first quarter ended with the Hillers leading 20-10. They increased their lead to more than 20 points during the second quarter, a buffer zone that they were able to maintain for the rest of the game.
The Panthers were often unable to keep up with the fast pace set by Hopkinton’s players. The Hillers kept a constant pressure on the ball, forcing Holliston to take risky shots and make snap decisions.
A large portion of Hopkinton’s score came from turnovers and fouls, both of which were serial problems for the Panthers. In total, Holliston racked up 19 fouls compared with the Hillers’ 13.
The Panthers will next play at home against Medfield on Friday night.