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Panthers don't need perfection

Lecanto's fullcourt press was too much for Citrus, and the Panthers converted enough Hurricane miscues to take the 34-22 win, their first win of the season.

The Panthers' pressure was automatic. Before Citrus could score its first bucket, a Sara Nelson putback three minutes in, the Panthers had forced two turnovers.

Forcing the turnovers didn't seem to be a problem for Lecanto, which got help from a panicked Citrus squad. Converting the opportunities was a tougher task.

"We shot a lot of layups tonight and didn't make them," Lecanto coach Ron Allan said. "We've got to start doing that. We don't do it in practice very well, and we don't do it out here very well."

Citrus' practice Monday dealt primarily with Lecanto's press, which is nothing new to the Hurricanes, coach Eli Jackson said. His team knew it was coming. But Citrus still struggled.

"Probably three times all night, we broke the press perfectly," Jackson said. "But instead of knowing how we did that and making good passes, we decided to change it up."

Panic seemed to set in immediately after Citrus inbounded the ball. The Hurricanes picked up their dribbles, or tried to move the ball up the sideline instead of facing the press head on.

Citrus guard Ashley Duval and leading scorer Rachel Fults (nine points) both left the game with knee injuries.

Lecanto was led by Lexy Angelo's 11 points. Shannon Wiemann scored eight.

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