FORT WORTH Ė† The Midlothian Panthers were out-manned

from whistle to whistle Wednesday at the FWISD Coca-Cola tournament

against Mansfield.

The Tigers bolted out to a 15-0 lead† en route to the

56-37 win.

Mansfield connected on five consecutive

three-pointers from four different players in the first three

minutes of the game. Mansfield connected on six of seven attempts

in the first quarter.

Senior Josh Tobolka gave the Panthers a little life

after connecting on consecutive three-pointers. He scored eight of

his team-high 14 points in the first quarter.

The Tigers answered with a three pointer to take a

21-11 lead after the first period.

The Panthers (6-10, 0-1 in 5-5A) kept the game close

in the second quarter when Tobolka hit another three-pointer and

Colton Rapp followed with a fast break lay up to cut the deficit to


That was as close as the Panthers would get, when the

Tigers erupted on an 11-1 run to extend the lead to 32-18.†

Instead of using the outside game, this time

Mansfield turned to their dominant inside game to put some

separation between themselves and the Panthers.

After the intermission, the Tigers cooled down and

converted just two shots in the third quarter as the Panthers

trailed 41-28.

The Tigers extended their lead to as much as 24

midway through the fourth as both teams emptied their benches to

try and get preparation for district play

Midlothian plays again at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at


Midlothian falls to Austin LBJ

The Panthers gave the Jaguars everything the

defending champs could handle in the first round Tuesday, but came

up a little short in the 52-50 overtime loss.

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

when 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


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 couldnít find the

bottom of the net.

Meyers had two untimed free throws to get 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.

In the overtime period, Colton Rapp hit a

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

The Jaguars used their next possession to take 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


Meyers got the ball on the Panthersí 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.