Last year, Austin LBJ rode the wave of emotion from

the passing of an assistant coach just before the Fort Worth

Coca-Cola Tournament all the way to the event’s championship.

This season, the Panthers (6-8, 0-1 in 5-5A) gave the

Jaguars everything the defending champs could handle in the first

round, but came up a little short in the 52-50 overtime loss.

But the drama really started with 1:50 left in the

fourth quarter when Sawyer Golden hit a three-pointer to tie the

game at 40.

The Panthers took the lead at 41-40 with 1:18 left

when Josh Tobolka hit a free throw after a technical foul. Golden

hit two more free throws with 1:10 left to stretch the lead to

three points.

The Jaguars pulled to within one with 44 seconds left

and took the lead by one point with just eight seconds left on the

clock.

Midlothian put the ball in the hands of its leading

scorer Cody Meyers with a chance for the win. As time expired, he

was fouled on a potential winning lay up that couldn’t find the

bottom of the net.

Meyers had two untimed free throws to pull of the

dramatic win. He sank the first one, but the second hit the iron

and rimmed out sending the game to overtime tied at 44.

“We had our chances in the fourth, that’s all you can

ask for,” Midlothian coach Glenn Hartson said. “He missed a couple

free throws earlier, but if I was going to have anybody at the

line, it might as well have been Cody.”

But the coach doesn’t think the game should have come

to that point as the team turned the ball over too many times in

the fourth quarter, including one stretch of four straight

possessions.

“Our guard play was bad. When people put pressure on

our guards, we have to know what to do with it,” Hartson said.

“They have to be more confident and that comes from within.”

The coach noted the team’s ball-handling miscues is

what cost it the game.

“Missing that free throw didn’t cost us the game.

Turnovers cost the game,” Hartson said. “We’ve been battling that

all year and it’s going to continue to be a battle.”

In the overtime period, Colton Rapp hit a

medium-range jumper with 1:32 left to tie the game at 48.

The Panthers used its next possession to take a a

three-point lead.

Meyers hit a lay up with 10.1 seconds left to pull

back to within one point.

The Panthers had to foul and Austin LBJ hit just one

of the free throws to take a 52-50 lead with eight seconds left on

the clock.

Meyers got the ball on the Panthers’ ensuing

possession, he almost lost it at half court, but recovered by the

time he got to the paint.

Instead of taking a tough lay up, he dumped off to a

team mate, but the shot was blocked and rolled out of bounds with

0.7 seconds left on the clock.

Midlothian had one last shot to win, the Panthers

tried a tip to Meyers, but the play was unsuccessful as the

Panthers suffered the tough loss.

Meyers led the team with 15 points, eight of which

coming in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Golden’s big three with two minutes left in

regulation was the last of his 13 points, but he drew a big

charging penalty in overtime to give his team a chance to win.

Midlothian plays again Jan. 3 at Duncanville at 7:30

p.m.

 

Contact Billy at b.wessels@wninews.com or

469-517-1454.

Mirror correspondent Jason Sutherland contributed

on this report.