Midland Park came out of the locker room motivated, and Hansen went to work in the low post as the Panthers pulled away for a 65-51 victory over the Cavos in an NJIC Patriot game Thursday.
The gritty Cavos (9-4) showed every bit of their toughness, fighting back from a 13-point deficit early in the second quarter to make it a five-point game by halftime.
But Hansen finished with 24 points and scored 10 of them in the third quarter to push Midland Park’s lead back to 13 by the end of the period.
Midland Park did, and Hansen’s work in the third quarter made the difference for the Panthers.
“Getting [Hansen] the ball really put a charge back into our team. It gave us more life,” O’Connor said. “We really fed off of her tonight.