"We probably settled for outside shots too much," DeLong said. "Their pressure bothered us; we haven't seen a defense like that all year, and it kind of showed."
"We've been a pretty good shooting team, but I always tell them, 'You don't want to live and die by the three. You can't just settle for outside shots,'" DeLong said. "We wanted to get the ball inside to Travis (Krall), but their pressure on the perimeter really bothered us, and we forced some passes."
Even though the Panthers' season ended on a rather sour note, DeLong said it was a very successful season for them when put into perspective.
"We have to not let this night take anything away from us, because we've had some unbelievable accomplishments this year," he said. "Nobody thought we would be standing here tonight as district champions, playing in the state tournament."
"To win six games last year...it's just a great season. It's something the kids will never forget, and I don't think the community will forget what they've done," DeLong continued. "They made us relevant again."