Along with the Lady Panthers basketball team the varsity men also got another district win against the Mansfield Tigers on Friday night, 65-57.
The win put the Panthers at 2-4 in district play and still gives the team hope in making a post-season run. But in order to make it to the playoffs the team will need to win at least four of their last six district games, said head coach Terrance McCloud.
“It's like a lot of the times when you get to the playoffs, our destiny is in our own hands still,” he said. “We're in a situation where we have two district wins and if we go out and play well and win some games we can get into the playoffs … We play everybody (in district) one more time, but we're going to have to go 4-2 in the second half of district.”
On Monday the panthers were preparing to take on South Grand Prairie, who entered the game with a 4-2 district record.
McCloud said it is a toss up between who the two losses might come against, if they even come at all.
“It's crazy and hard to say, because we don't know,” he said. “South Grand Prairie beat us by 26 points (in the first meeting), then grand Prairie High School beat them by 15 points. We beat Grand Prairie at their place. Then, South Grand Prairie beat Cedar Hill and Cedar Hill beat DeSoto. So, we've played well in several games and those teams have beaten up on each other pretty much. All those games are tough and every game we play is tough. It's all about match ups and these coaches in this district are so good about creating match ups that benefit them to where they're able to have success where you normally would think success couldn't be found.”
Half of the coaches in Class 6A Region Ii District 8 have been to the state finals, McCloud said.
“So you get guys that know how to coach and have the players to go out and do what they need to get it done,” he said. “When you do that and you can go out, exploit a team's weaknesses and the things that you do well, you do exceptionally well it creates a situation where you can be successful.”
Bottom line, Midlothian will need to find a way to beat four of their opponents at the least, McCloud said.
“It's possible if we can play solid defense, like we always stress,” he said. “We're also working on creating situations where we can be successful also. If we can do that enough times then we can come out with a win.”
The two wins Midlothian has on their district record have been on the road, while they are 0-3 at home, McCloud said.
“Obviously, we need to try and win the games at home that we have left,” he said. “We have Cedar Hill and Grand Prairie coming in, but if we can sneak another road win in somewhere and then win all of our home games, we will be in the playoffs.”
To prepare for this week's game McCloud said the Panthers will have to control the tempo of the game.
“We can not let them get out and run and use their athleticism on us,” he said. “We will have to make it a half-court game and keep then from getting up and down the court as much as they want to.”
Midlothian will host Cedar Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.