The Nease Panthers lost a shootout 62-41 on the road against the county rival Creekside Knights Sept. 2.
It was a back-and-forth game throughout with both teams proving evenly matched and up to the challenge.
However, the third quarter proved the difference in the contest, as the Knights outscored the Panthers 21-0 during that quarter and turned a close 27-26 halftime lead into a comfortable 48-26 lead heading into the final quarter.
The game appeared destined to be a shootout after the teams combined for 53 points in the first half alone.
The offense Nease and head coach Collin Drafts prefers to play is suited to rack up points and usually favors the Panthers.
But the 62 points scored by the Knights proved too much for the Panthers to keep pace with, and getting shutout in the third quarter was too much to come back from in the end.
Next up for the Panthers is a home game against Fleming Island at 7 p.m. Sept. 9.
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