After the Lady Panthers won 10 of their first 15 non-district games, they began district play last week looking to build off that momentum.
Unfortunately, they came up short in the 7-5A opener against the state’s No. 5 team, Mansfield Timberview, 52-31.
Midlothian was down by just one after the first quarter, but that one-point deficit swelled all the way to nine at halftime and 16 after three.
Senior point guard Kayla Robinson led the team with 11 points. Lauren Paschall added seven. Crystal Sellars may not have scored, but she drew four charges to help the Midlothian defense.
The Lady Panthers then had to go on the road to face a very difficult Cedar Hill squad, but couldn’t keep up with the Lady Longhorns in the 57-19 loss.
Midlothian was down just five after the first quarter, but was outscored 44-11 in the final three frames in the loss.
Robinson led the team with nine points and Sellars added six. Jaclyn Freeman and Karrington Slaydon each scored two to round out the scoring.
Midlothian (10-7, 0-2 in 7-5A) will try again for its first win of district at 6 p.m. Friday at Grand Prairie.
The Lady Panthers will also play in the Waco Midway tournament next weekend.
Lady Panthers at Cowtown
Before district play began, Midlothian took part in the annual Coca-Cola Cowtown Classic and won one of its three games.
The victory came in the form of a 60-43 win against San Marcos.
Midlothian was hot out of the gate as it led 23-6 after the first quarter. They then coasted from there thanks to great defensive play.
Slaydon led the team with 15 points. Sellars scored a dozen and Robinson added 11. In total, eight Midlothian players scored in this game.
The Lady Panthers weren’t as fortunate when they faced Fort Worth Western Hills and lost 47-42.
Midlothian had a four-point lead after the first quarter, but was outscored 15-5 in the second quarter and couldn’t quite get out of that hole.
Robinson led the team with 15 points and Slaydon and Sellars each scored 10. Paschall added six.
Midlothian also lost to Keller Timber Creek despite Slaydon’s best game of the season. She scored 19 points, but it wasn’t enough in the 48-45 loss.
The Lady Panthers led 10-4 after the first quarter, but Timber Creek took a 20-18 lead at the half and just held on. Robinson added nine points and five other players scored five points or less.
Freshmen shock Cedar Hill
The Midlothian freshman team pulled off a big upset when it beat Cedar Hill 42-20 last week for its first district win.
Andrea Omehe and Haley Petton each scored nine to lead the team.