The Midlothian Lady Panthers varsity basketball team got their second district win over the Mansfield Lady Tigers on Friday, 47-39.
The win put the Lady Panthers at 2-6 in district, after they fell on Tuesday night to the DeSoto Lady Eagles 62-49.
The win was a team effort, said head coach Amy Tennison.
“We had a great showing. The kids came out and executed the game plan,” Tennison said. “We did a great job controlling the boards and I really feel like that was the difference.”
Now, Midlothian is hoping to slide into a playoff spot as the end of the season nears, but that means some of the other teams in the Lady Panthers district will need to knock each other out of place, Tennison said..
“The top four teams go (to the post season),” she said. “At the turn of district play DeSoto, Cedar Hill and South Grand Prairie were all tied for second place. So there was a three way tie or second. Mansfield was ahead of us. There's always a chance, because of the competitiveness in the district that we could move into a spot. Really we're just going to focus on us and keep executing and getting better.”
Despite having a chance for a post-season run, Tennison said it'll be difficult to get that spot.
“Really, it'll be tough because it's not something that is completely in our control,” she said.
As of Monday the Lady Panthers were preparing for their district match ups with South Grand Prairie on Tuesday and then their Friday game against the Cedar Hill Lady Longhorns.
“We're just making sure we have our game plan in detail, letting the kids see the film and just preparing with our defenses,” she said. “We've got to win the games within the games, which is what we teach. We have five goals that we try to meet every game and then we evaluate those goals on the games within the games.”
Tennison said the five goals the team strives to win are: rebounding; turnovers; free throws; makes and attempts; and points in the paint.
“When we are doing those things it helps us and keeps us competitive and also keeps us in ball games,” she said.
The Lady Panthers have struggled with their turnovers, Tennison said.
“Turnovers have probably been our weak point. That and free throws,” she said. “We haven't been very consistent there. We work on pivot drills, we work on ball handling, we work on passing. With free throws there's games that we come out and shoot lights-out and then there are games when we come back and leave 10 or 15 points a game on the free throw line. So, we're just inconsistent there.”
The team's strong point is their rebounding off the boards, Tennison said.
“Rebounding, I think, has become one of our strengths,” she said. “We're getting better and we've made more progress in our rebounding and holding people to one-and-done. It's hard because we've put in a multiple defensive system, so we're changing defenses down the floor to get the kids really committed to rebounding from zone defenses.”
The Lady Panthers look to improve their district record on Friday night when they tipoff at 6 p.m. against Cedar Hill at home.