The Longhorns are for real.
Chase County jumped to a 9-3 lead with a 9-0 run in the first quarter and never looked back in dismantling Hershey 60-29 in the first round of the boys SPVA Conference Tournament at North Platte Community College on Tuesday.
The Longhorns used an 18-5 third quarter to put the game away, taking a 46-20 lead into the fourth period.
"We knew Hershey had some decent shooters, and we knew they had some young post players," said Chase County assistant coach Scott Way. "We used our press to get the game to the tempo we wanted an kept at it."
The Longhorns used a high-post offense to disrupt the Panthers' 1-3-1 zone.
"It took us a while to get into the offense," Way said. "Once we did, it worked good for us."
A 6-0 Longhorns' run to start the second quarter made the score 24-9, and Chase County took a 28-15 lead into halftime.
"Our guards are juniors and seniors," Way said. "They know what to do, especially on the press, and it worked out for us."
Chase County (10-4) was led in scoring by Jeffrey Dickey with 10 points. Travis Luhrs scored nine points and Ryan Moline, Kevin German, Kelton Fisher and Justus Wallin had eight points each as 11 players scored for the Longhorns.
"We usually go about eight or nine deep," Way said. "We had such a big lead, we were able to go deeper tonight."
The Longhorns will play Kimball at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. Kimball, behind 6-foot, 9-inch post player Mike Daum, defeated Maxwell 58-31 on Tuesday.
"We're going to have to tweak the press for Kimball," Way said. "They've got the big kid who can catch the ball in the middle, can handle the ball well and can see over the press.
"So, we're going to have to make some changes to try and keep the ball out of his hands on the press if we can."
The experience of the Longhorns' guards will play a big role in the semifinal game, according to Way.
"I'm not sure how experienced their gaurds are," Way said of Kimball. "We know our guards know what to do and how to do it, so if we have an advantage, it's there with experience and quickness.
"We don't want to have a slow game with Kimball, which is what they like after seeing them play Maxwell. We want to get the game more our style."
Landon Maassen led the Panthers (2-14) with nine points. Josh Margritz chipped in with seven points.
Chase County (10-4)..........18 10 18 14—60
At Hershey (2-14)...............9 6 5 9—29
CC: Travis Luhrs 9, Ryan Moline 8, Kevin German 8, Dan Sullivan 2, Jeffrey Dickey 10, Kelton Fisher 8, Justus Wallin 8, Trey Milner 2, Isaac Sorensen 2, Calen Griffin 2, Jared Sharp 1.
H: Landan Maassen 9, Clay Frels 3, Josh Margritz 7, Kaln Czarnick 4, Ryan Cox 2, Ariel Quiroga 2, Baylor Hellmuth 2.