HESPERIA — Hesperia’s boys basketball team fell into catch up mode early, and dropped a 71-53 loss to Morley-Stanwood at home Friday night in the Central States Activities Association-Silver.

The Panthers dug themselves a big hole in the first quarter when they were outscored, 21-6. Morley-Stanwood outscored them, 21-12 in the second and the deficit was 42-18 at the half.

But the Panthers kept plugging away, being outscored by four points, 19-15 in the third period to trail, 61-33 going into the fourth period. The Panthers outscored Morley-Stanwood, 20-10 in the final eight minutes.

“Our guys going into this game knew we would have to battle every possession from start to end,” Panthers coach Andrew Worcester said. “I’m extremely happy with our offensive improvement.

“I’m more impressed with the effort and attitude we had with this group. We had three junior varsity players answer the call up to varsity, and they played outstanding. Maddox Mosley (a junior) and Ian

Fox (a freshman) combined for 42 points. Our future is looking bright.”

Mosley led the Panthers in scoring with 26 points, while Fox fired in another 16.

Hesperia dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in the conference with its fifth straight loss. It is next scheduled to play Mason County Central on Tuesday, Jan. 18.