ALLEN

Have yourself a day, Kaden Archie.

The 6-foot-6 combo guard posted a career-high 40 points against Rowlett just a few hours after netting 20 in a win over Frisco Heritage on the opening day of the In-N-Out Burger Allen Holiday Invitational.

Midlothian improved to 14-3 on the season with the win. The TABC 5A No. 12 Panthers advanced on to Friday's quarterfinals against Bishop Lynch. Tipoff is at 2:45 p.m. at Allen High School.

In the opening game of tournament action Thursday, the Panthers hustled out to a 15-8 first-quarter lead against Frisco Heritage. They carried the pace into halftime, leading 30-19, before cruising home with a 63-45 win.

Archie led the Panthers with 20 points, while Caleb Jordan had 14, and Jon McDonald and Evan Marshall both finished with eight. Omari Bobbitt and Nyk Madison each chipped in seven points. Swahn Gibson and Zeke' Bennett both netted two points to round out the Panther scoring.

Archie then exploded for 40 points in a 67-60 revenge win against Rowlett in the nightcap. The Panthers fell to Rowlett 76-74 on Nov. 17 in the Highland Park Scots Classic.

It was a game that Midlothian head basketball coach Steven Middleton pointed to as one that he felt the Panthers left a lot on the court but thought they had "a lot of room to grow, and that is exciting."

Jordan again had a solid showing from the field with 11 points, while Marshall added eight and Bennett had two.

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The Panthers square off with Bishop Lynch at 2:45 p.m Friday, Dec. 29 at Allen High School, located at 300 Rivercrest Blvd in Allen.

The Friars (TAPPS 6A) are 22-3 on the season and average 66.9 points per game to the 65.7 of the Panthers. Russell Barlow (No. 40) leads Bishop Lynch in points (9.6), rebounds (5.9) and blocks (0.8) per game.

Day passes for the In-N-Out Burger Allen Holiday Invitational are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for students. Tournament passes are also available.

The Midlothian-Bishop Lynch winner will play the Little Elm-Allen winner Friday at 8:45 p.m.

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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