HERMISTON - In what looked more like a track meet than a basketball game Saturday, Redmond hit its stride in the second half as the Panthers cruised past Hermiston 72-42.
Needing a win to stay in the Intermountain Conference race after falling to Pendleton on Friday, the Panthers shot the lights out in the second half, outscoring Hermiston 41-18 and drilling five of their eight 3-pointers over the final 16 minutes.
"They blitzed us in the second half," Hermiston coach Mike Royer said. "Redmond shot the ball very well and played aggressive."
Casey Hanf led the charge for the Panthers, drilling five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 18 points.
"I was real pleased with how our girls responded coming off an emotional loss to Pendleton," said Redmond coach Wes Owens, who earned his second career win at Hermiston. "We played a good team (Saturday), and fortunately we hit our shots."
Amanda Sivey kept Hermiston close in the first half, scoring all of her 16 points in the first two quarters.
"I was pleased with how we played in the first half, but we need more than one person in each game to produce offensively," Royer said. "Amanda shot the ball well early and kept us close."
Sivey scored seven points in the first quarter and nine in the second quarter, including her second 3-pointer just prior to halftime.
"I love to play at that pace, it's fun," Sivey said. "I don't know why I couldn't score in the second half, but they hit all those 3s and it was kind of like a dagger in the heart."
Hermiston trailed 13-9 after the first quarter, but Hanf hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter, answering all of Sivey's buckets, and the Panthers never looked back.
"We didn't slow Sivey at all in the first half," Owens said. "She is a very good ball player, and you can't allow a senior like that to have open looks.
"We just tried to limit her looks in the second half."
Redmond (3-1 IMC, 8-4) pushed the pace from the tip, which eventually broke Hermiston in the third quarter.
Trailing 31-22 at intermission, Redmond hardly missed in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 17-6 behind Jenny Snow, who scored six of her 14 points in the period.
"Casey has struggled from the 3-point line, but it was nice to see her hit that shot," Owens said. "That is one of our strengths, in that on any given night we have players that can hit shots and lead us in scoring."
Hermiston didn't help its cause in the second quarter, committing eight of its 15 turnovers. The Bulldogs also struggled at the charity strip, converting 6 of 20.
"They are a really good basketball team," Hermiston senior Mykael Bothum said. "They are really quick, and we had a hard time getting out on their 3-point shots."
Hermiston (4-1, 9-3) switched from man defense to zone several times in the game, but Redmond shot well from all over the court, frustrating the Bulldogs.
After Redmond outscored Hermiston 17-6 in the third quarter, the Panthers went on an 18-4 run in the fourth and held a lead of 34 points at one point.
Helen Hodney scored 10 points, and Amanda Douglass added six points for Hermiston, which plays at Pendleton (5-0, 10-3) on Tuesday.