MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Lady Panthers suffered a narrow 53-49 loss against the Ennis Lady Lions as the second half of the district season began Tuesday.
Ennis got going right away after winning the starting jump ball to score the game’s first basket. Less than a minute later, Midlothian’s Rachel Walters shot a three pointer that got the Lady Panthers on the scoreboard.
Midlothian was mainly hurt by turnovers as well as Ennis’ numerous offensive rebounds.
As the second quarter came to a close, the Lady Panthers nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer, trailing by eight points, 31-23, at the half.
But when the third quarter began, the Lady Panthers completely stepped up their game.
“We came out a little sluggish in the first half but the second half we played great,” Midlothian coach Stephanie Upshaw said.
Freshman Heather Sides scored right at the buzzer of the third quarter putting the team only four points behind the Lady Lions. Down by only three in the last minute of the game, Walters and Natalie Ruud both attempted to shoot a three point shot but were unsuccessful.
With only 20 seconds left in the game, the team’s second leading scorer, Ruud, fouled out. She finished the night with 16 points.
Walters scored the last basket to give her 28 points in the game. She also led the team in rebounds.
Walters said that she was very happy with her team’s overall game.
“I just tried to work hard to stay open and pass to other open players,” she said.
The outcome of Tuesday’s game was a complete reversal of the first matchup when Midlothian lost to Ennis by 31 points.
“I saw a lot of improvement in them,” Upshaw said. “I was really proud.”
EHS wins in last seconds
The Ennis Lions defeated the Midlothian Panthers with just over five seconds remaining in the game to earn the series sweep during district.
Trailing 42-41, Ennis sank a three-pointer for the win, 44-42. The Lions’ Jordan Mason led with 22 points.
Midlothian had a good look from beyond the arc but the shot didn’t fall.
The Panthers were led by Eddie Johnson’s 17 points.