Starting out strong, the Falcons grabbed an early 8-2 lead. But the Panthers fought back, and narrowed the margin to just one point, 11-10 at the horn.
Unlike in past games, the Falcons were able to keep up their scoring in the second quarter, and took a six-point lead, 20-14 at the half.
The Falcons outscored the Panthers, 14-10 in the third quarter and built a 34-24 lead. Hesperia gained a 6-3 edge in the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough.
“In the fourth quarter the scoring slowed down a bit, but that was by design,” said Pentwater head coach Joe Gorton. “We had the lead, and took care of the ball.
“We didn’t want to force anything unnecessary into their zone with a comfortable lead. We missed some free throws down the stretch.
“My top seven played extremely well together tonight. Everyone was on the same page, and we played great team basketball.”
Leading the Falcons were Mackenna Hasil with 12 points, Jocelyn Richison contributed six and Madelyn Green finished with five points.
Hasil also hauled down 12 rebounds and picked off two steals. Richison had five steals while Samantha Schaefer also had two steals.
Samy Logona scored 18 points for the Panthers. Alana Majdkovic and Grace Weberg added six apiece.
It was the Falcons second straight win and improved their record to 4-8. They travel to Walkerville for a Western Michigan D League game Friday.
Hesperia is 1-9 on the season and will be back in action Friday hosting St. Louis.