Simpson struggled to slow down a pair of Stanley guards as it fell at home Friday night in non-district play.
The Lady Broncos founds themselves in a 21-10 hole at the end of the first quarter and could not climb out, as they lost 63-52.
Stanley guard McKayla Williams (25) and Destiney Jones (29) were able to get shots off in the paint and finish through contact to lead the Panthers.
"That's two of the best guards in Class B this year, especially (Williams)," Simpson head coach Stephen Briscoe said. "We knew they were a good team, and I think if we played our A+ game, we had a chance at beating them, especially at home. We didn't come out and rotate defensively like we needed to or match their intensity while we were on offense. They're athleticism caused us problems."
With just seven players on the roster and the Stanley guards attacking the bigs of Simpson, the Lady Broncos found themselves in foul trouble, effecting the way they defended the paint.
"It's definitely a problem, but they only play seven players, too," Briscoe said. "We didn't do what we are coached to do to avoid foul trouble. Our girls played hard, but we did the technical things wrong. When you do that, you get into foul trouble and have to sit."
After falling behind early, the Lady Broncos opened up the quarter on a 7-0 run to make it a four-point deficit.
"We are always going to keep fighting," Briscoe said. "The problem is, once we got it down to four or five, we had the ball and instead of executing again, we got overambitious and turned it over. We just have to know to do the right things over and over."
The Panthers ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 35-23 lead into the locker room. Simpson and Stanley exchanged baskets for a majority of the third quarter but the Panther offense began to roll near the end of the quarter, taking a 52-35 lead.
"We just tried to turn and shoot over them and being a little lazy while passing the ball," Briscoe said. "On defense, we did everything we could do, most of the time," Briscoe said. "They hit a lot of tough shots. We didn't really cover the backside as well as we should have. They were hitting midrange shots off the drive and contested 3s. They're a good team, and they came in and shot really well."
The Lady Broncos outscored Stanley 17-11 in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done.
Forward Ally Berry led Simpson with 18 points, while Peyton Miller scored 17 with 13 coming in the fourth quarter.