FORT WORTH Ė† The Midlothian Panthers were out-manned
from whistle to whistle Wednesday at the FWISD Coca-Cola tournament
The Tigers bolted out to a 15-0 lead† en route to the
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
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
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.