KENT CITY — Hesperia’s girls basketball team’s struggles on offense continued Friday night when the Panthers faced Kent City on the road in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.

The Panthers remained winless on the season, while Kent City just kept on rolling, dominating the Panthers for a 38-15 victory that was decided in the first half.

“Kent City is a powerful, well coached team,” Panthers head coach Vince Grodus said. “This was a good learning experience for our team. We will learn and continue to grow as the season progresses.”

Hesperia was outscored, 14-1 in the first quarter and couldn’t dig its way out of the hole. Kent City had a 16-5 advantage in the second period to build a 30-6 halftime lead.

Hesperia girls basketball coach Vince Grodus looks on as his Hesperia girls came up on the short end of a 38-15 loss to Kent City on Friday evening (Photo/Kent City Athletics)

Scoring was very low in the second half, as neither team lit up the scoreboard. But, the Eagles were in control all the way, outscoring the Panthers, 5-2. Hesperia had a 7-3 edge in the fourth quarter.

Emmet Tinkham led the Panthers with 11 points, while Emma Joppich added four.

Hesperia, which fell to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the league, returns to action on Monday at home against Mason County Central. Kent City is 7-0 and will play at Holton next Friday.