Friday night the Midlothian Panther boys basketball team struggled against Whitehouse in the final tune up game before entering district play.

Midlothian took a 14-13 lead into the second quarter, but trailed at the half 28-24.

Whitehouse pulled out to a 10 point lead going into the fourth. A 20-7 run in the final stanza gave the visitors a 61-38 win.

“The game was actually closer than the score indicates,” MHS head coach Glenn Hartson stated. “It was a good game for 3 1/2 quarters. We just did not score well. We miss too many shots inside and we are not hitting on the perimeter.”

“Plus we did not do a very good job on the offensive boards,” Hartson added.

Going into district play against Arlington Seguin, Hartson will be looking for his Panther team to regain composure and begin to hit its shots.

“It seems that going into district play Lancaster is the team to beat,” Hartson explained. “They are playing very well and are beating some very good teams. Waxahachie can be very good as well. They have some very talented players like Mason, Sterns and Wilson.”

Riley Plante led the Midlothian scoring against Whitehouse with 15 points. Caleb Russell added eight, while Brett Land had seven. Sam Espinosa and Derek Bryant scored four points each.

Subvarsity action

The Panther junior varsity fell to Whitehouse 33-28 in a defensive struggle.

The Panthers (5-6) trailed by one point, 13-12 at the half, then led 21-20 going into the final quarter.

Cameron Lowman hit for 11 points, with Cash Rountree (5), Trent Morgan (4), Michael Akinyemi (4), Zach Hofstad (2) and John Limberg (2) adding to the total.

The 9A Panthers used a 17 point fourth quarter to rally for a 47-40 win over Whitehouse.

The young Panthers (7-1) were led in scoring by Travis King (18) and Eric Agbaroji (11). Other Panthers in the scoring column were Derick Agbaroji (7), Gage Windsor (6), Conner Roberts (3) and Kyler Brown (2).