The Midlothian basketball team wrapped up tournament play in Aledo's Moritz Dealership Classic last week.
The Panthers opened up the tournament strong with a 20-point, 66-46 win over the Terrell Tigers. Midlothian then moved forward in the bracket to face a familiar team, the Arlington High School Colts.
The Panthers, who routed the Colts in a non-district game earlier this season, took a loss this time around, 62-48. In the Panthers final game of the tournament Midlothian faced off against the Keller Central Chargers last Tuesday, where the Panthers let another game slip between the cracks after falling to the Chargers, 60-52.
The Panthers did not hit the ground running, head coach Terrance McCloud said.
“We didn't play very well,” McCloud said. “We started off really, really slow. We would catch up, but could never really get going.”
The slow pace Midlothian was playing at wasn't the only issues the Panthers had during the game, he said.
“We didn't play really good defense and they took advantage,” McCloud said.
As of press time on Monday the Panthers were preparing to face the 13-1 Cedar Hill Longhorns in Midlothian's second district game this season.
The Panthers will be in action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a home match up against the district rival Duncanville Panthers.
Duncanville entered Tuesday's matchup, against the South Grand Prairie Gophers, ranked as the No. 7 team in Texas (No. 44 in the nation) and boasted a 19-4 overall record this season.
McCloud said he is going to scout the Duncanville Panther's game against Cedar Hill on Friday, since Midlothian has a bye that day.
He said he already has a pretty good idea of what Midlothian will need to do if they want to be able to hang with Duncanville.
“You have to pay special attention on the defensive end to Matt McQuaid,” McCloud said about the Michigan State University commit. “The rest off the team is really athletic so we're going to have to play a ball-control type game, where when we take a shot we're really going to have to take the really high percentage shot and finish around the bucket.”
The Midlothian Panthers will also need to limit their turnovers and win the battle off the boards by getting rebounds, he said.
Midlothian will enter their home game against Duncanville, with a 12-9 overall record, with the hopes of getting their first district win of the season (0-1).