Itís been a tough start to 2014 for the Lady Panthers. The team has now lost five straight games, including all three in the new year.
The toughest part about this losing streak is that the team has been in all of these games. That and these losses have just about knocked the team out of playoff contention.
Midlothian (8-13, 1-6 in 7-5A) currently sits three games out of the playoffs with seven games to go. Odds are, the team will need to win out to even have a shot at the postseason.
The current three-game district losing skid started on the road at Mansfield on Jan. 3. The Lady Panthers took on a Mansfield squad that was seeking its first 7-5A win of the season. The game was close until the Lady Tigers pulled away late in the fourth quarter to get the 54-40 win.
Midlothian led 11-7 after the first quarter, but Mansfield retook the lead before halftime. The Lady Panthers trailed by just three, 37-34, entering the fourth quarter, but the Lady Tigers offense got hot in the final frame.
Lauren Paschall led the way with nine points for Midlothian. Meghan Turner added seven and Mackenzie Sweeney and Jenna Price both scored five.
The team tried to rebound against DeSoto just few days later, but lost 50-40.
Midlothian fell into a big hole early and trailed 17-7 after the first quarter. That deficit grew to 19 at halftime as the team trailed 36-17 at the break.
Midlothian rallied in the fourth quarter, but couldnít get closer than 10 in the loss.
The Lady Panthers had points from 10 of their 12 players. Jenna Price led all of them with nine. Karrington Slaydon scored seven.
The most recent loss was the most painful of the stretch as the Lady Panthers came up just short in a one-possession game against South Grand Prairie 32-29.
This game was back-and-fourth the whole way and Midlothian had a three-point lead at halftime, 16-13. SGP rallied in the second half and pulled away to win in the final minutes.
Jenna Price led the team with 10 points. Karrington Slaydon scored five. Brooke Greeson, Mackenzie Sweeney and Lauren Paschall each scored four. Meghan Turner and Taylor Huffstutler both added two points.
The Lady Panthers will try to stop this skid when it hosts Cedar Hill at 6 p.m. Friday. Cedar Hill dominated the first meeting 58-30. The Lady Longhorns led 18-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
JV team splits games
The JV Lady Panthers dominated the Mansfieldís Lady Tigers on Friday night 59-21.
The Lady Panthers led by just one after the first quarter, but outscored Mansfield 51-14 in the remaining three quarters to get the blow out victory.
Midlothian jumped on them early with fantastic defensive pressure and by playing unselfish team ball on the scoring end.
Several players had double figure points, led by Ayaunee Williamís 17 (13 in the fourth quarter alone), Ciera Cunningís 13 and Sydney Eitelís 12.
Tori Robinson and Hailey Petton played strong post defense and rebounded well along with Savannah Golden and Infinity Rogers.
Destiny Rogers, Jaida Klor, Katey Hahn, Infinity Rogers and Golden contributed a multitude of assists to their teammates.
Coach Renvy Smith was tremendously pleased with the team effort and execution, as it led to the best type of win a total team victory with every player contributing her best.
The team wasnít quite able to follow that up as it lost 34-26 to South Grand Prairie.
The Midlothian JV girls (11-9, 3-4 in 7-5A) will try to beat Cedar Hill next.