A big offensive run and the usual tough defense was more than enough for the Cabot Panthers to topple Sheridan 54-37 last week at Panther Arena.

The Panthers went on a 26-2 run from the second quarter into the third to take firm control of the game.

"We played well," said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. "I was really pleased with every part of our game. We had a little lull late in the third, but it is hard to complain too much about that."

Sheridan came into Cabot with a lineup featuring a front line of 6-8, 6-5 and 6-4 players. The Panthers were able to neutralize those Yellowjackets.

"Michael Smith and Adolpho Iglesias just did a remarkable job on their big kid," said Bridges. "We stress defense and that’s one thing this group has.bought into."

The Panthers also managed to out-rebound the larger team handily. Smith had his best game of the year, leading the Panthers with 18 points. Hunter York was close behind with 16.

Garrett Rowe was praised for his tough defense, while Southerland added five steals for the Panthers.

"I think that’s one of the better teams Sheridan has had in a while, and we looked pretty good against them," said Bridges. "We executed and didn’t turn the ball over and good things happen when you do that."