ENNIS — The Maypearl Panthers’ season came to an end against the Edgewood Bulldogs in a Class 2A second round playoff game at Ennis High School, Friday.
Maypearl, which had built an 11-point lead late in the second quarter, eventually let Edgewood rally back and win, 55-47.
Maypearl ends its season at 26-6; Edgewood improves to 28-7.
In the fourth quarter, lack of rebounds, turnovers and an Edgewood press that Maypearl players couldn’t counter against resulted in the first 10 points of the quarter.
The Panthers were able to get on the scoreboard when a Bulldogs player was called for a foul on Blake Salter, who made his two free throw baskets with 4:24 left in the game.
Edgewood took a lead by as much as nine points in the quarter; Maypearl was able to cut the lead to three with 2:08 left in the game on a R.J. Miskimon three-point shot.
The teams then traded free throw shots for the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs went 7-of-12 at the line in the final two minutes; the Panthers didn’t get very many chances at the line as they went 2-of-4.
“The kids did everything the coaches asked them to do, Edgewood just made some great adjustments at halftime,” Maypearl coach Joel Donalson said.
A lack of rebounds also hurt Maypearl’s chances of staging a comeback. The Panthers got their first rebound inside of seven minutes to play but not another until 2:26 showed on the clock, the rebound coming courtesy of Jake Pruitt.
In the first quarter, Maypearl took its first lead of the game at the 4:51 mark when Jessie Davison dished off to Josh Grzybowski for a basket. It gave the Panthers a 5-4 lead. It was the start of a 7-0 run that helped the Panthers take a 9-4 lead. One of those baskets came on a fast break off an inbound pass from the other end of the court. When Salter received the pass near half court, he passed it to a fast moving Miskimon, who was rushing toward the basket with a layup in mind.
Maypearl was able to withstand an Edgewood full court press and at times put Edgewood defenders out of position as Maypearl was able to get three point shots twice, each by Grzybowski, the second giving the Panthers a 12-6 lead.
Maypearl’s largest lead in the first quarter was six points.
In the second quarter, the Maypearl defense really stepped up, allowing the Bulldogs to score four points.
After Grzybowski nailed his third three-pointer at the 6:55 mark, the quarter looked promising for Edgewood as it was able to respond quickly with a basket by Calvin King. But Edgewood didn’t score again until there was 1:10 left until halftime, the basket by King again.
Pruitt, who mans the Panthers’ post position, got his first basket in the quarter but the player with the sweet shooting stroke was still Grzybowski, who scored a three to give Maypearl its largest lead of the first half, 23-12.
In the third quarter was when Edgewood made a furious comeback, going on an 8-4 run before Maypearl’s Donalson called timeout with 3:49 showing.
The Panthers responded with a Salter to Miskimon play for two points. Edgewood then scored the next six points on three baskets, tying the game at 30-30 with 2:41 remaining in the quarter.
Following another timeout by the Maypearl coach, the team was able to hang on to a precarious lead the rest of the quarter.
Salter got a basket with an assist by Miskimon for a 32-30 lead. Brett Salter got in the scoring act with a basket to give the team a 34-30 lead.
Edgewood’s Weston Jameson nailed a three-pointer to get his team within a point.
Miskimon had 13 points; Grzybowski added 13 points.
Blake Salter had seven points.
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