MIDLOTHIAN – Glenn Hartson admits he expected Saturday’s game between Midlothian and Mansfield Legacy to be a low scoring affair. He just didn’t realize how low.
A tight game at the half slowly slipped away from the Panthers behind an offense that never really got started.
The end result was a 44-30 loss to the Broncos more than a week after the Panthers played their last game.
“I knew it was going to be a low scoring game because they like low scoring games. I mean that’s their game plan,” Hartson said. “They’re going to rotate the ball, rotate the ball and so possessions were going to be limited. We’ve just got to really shoot the ball better. We got shots just missed some layups, some and-ones.”
Midlothian (3-21) did just enough offensively to keep pace with the Broncos, holding an 11-10 lead at the end of the first period. The team trailed by 6 at halftime and at the end of the third period.
A Derick Agbaroji layup made it a 7-point game in the fourth period at 35-28 before Legacy embarked on a 9-2 run to close out the game and pick up the win. Agbaroji’s 15-point effort was a game-high while Blaine Blackburn added 8. No other Panther player finished with more than 3.
“When you play a team that likes to hold the ball that means you’ve got to score and we didn’t do a very good job,” Hartson said. “A lot of it was we haven’t shot the ball in four days. Blaine shot it decent early, Derick hit a couple shots early and I think Cody (Meyers) hit one but we’ve got to be more consistent.”
The Panthers got in little to no practice time during the week as ice and snow forced four-straight days of school cancelations.
All those days off will make for a hectic finish to the season as the boys will face Grand Prairie on Tuesday, Cedar Hill on Wednesday and close out the season at home against Mansfield on Friday.
Hartson’s hope is that getting his team back in the gym and taking shots will help shake off the team’s struggles from the field.
“It’s been four days but the other team’s been four days too so you can’t use that as an excuse. They had four days as well that they were off,” Hartson said. “We’ve just got to work on getting better. Staying in the gym more and shooting more.”
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