The Boys Varsity Basketball team played the Runnin' Indians of Waxahachie last Tuesday in the season opening rivalry game. Midlothian led a majority of the game. With two minutes left in the third quarter the Panthers were on top of Waxahachie by eight points. The heading into the last quarter of the game Midlothian was up by 10 points. Waxahachie cut the lead back down to eight points with seven left to play, before the Indians made a run at the lead. First Waxahachie came within six points (49-43) with just under five minutes on the clock.
Then the game became an exciting nail-biter when Waxahachie cut the Panther lead to four points (49-45) with 4:43 left in the game.
The Panthers 10-point lead dwindled away to just one point after Waxahachie's Londyn Slaughter was fouled on a shot and got the and-one bucket to follow.
The Panthers ended up pulling away again late in the game, hoping to stop Waxahachie from a repeat win of the Panthers, but another foul put Slaughter at the free throw line again. Slaughter made both free throws and it was again a one-point game 53-52 with Midlothian in front.
The Panthers the put a four-point buffer between themselves and their rival with three minutes left on the clock, 57-52.
The Panthers ended up sealing the victory and bragging rights until the two teams meet next season, after allowing the Indians to score only two more points in the final minutes of the exciting game. Midlothian added seven more to finalize the game at 64-54.
Head coach of the Panthers varsity team Terrance McCloud said his team know what to do when the game came down to the wire.
“I didn't have to tell them anything in the huddle,” McCloud said. “They said 'Alright guys, let's finish this' and that's exactly what they did.”
They were lead by Jeff Wilson with 13 points, Lance Tipton with 11 points and Kaden Archie with 10 points.