The Lady Panthers built a nine-point halftime lead before a back-and-forth affair broke out Wednesday night at home against the Red Oak Lady Hawks.
Midlothian managed to match Red Oak shot for shot in the second half to hold onto the crucial District 10-5A win, 50-42.
With the win, Midlothian maintains its grasp on a district playoff spot with a 5-3 mark in District 10-5A. The Lady Panthers are 17-8 overall this season.
“It was a solid game," Midlothian head girls' basketball coach Amy Tennison said. "Every time Red Oak tried to made a run, we had an answer. There were some pieces that I’m proud my kids were able to take advantage of and convert. But Red Oak, they played hard, and that is what kept them in the ball game. I’m proud of my kids. It wasn’t one of our better games. It was not one of our polished games.”
Tattum Sorrels scored 12 of her 20 points in the first half to pace the Midlothian offense to a 22-13 halftime lead.
Kierra Middleton had 10 points, Christina Balderrama posted nine points, Savanna Glossop and Sarah Williams added four points, and Maeghan Palmer had three.
For Red Oak, Lauren Lafitte knocked down four three-pointers for her team-high 13 points.
Ariel Warren added 11 points, while Aliyah Harden scored eight points, Aniyah Johnson finished with four, Markeya Mack tallied three, and Kennedy Watkins had two.
“We were battling, just could not get over the hump. Defensively, we are getting better," Red Oak head girls' basketball coach Darren Eubanks said. "We need to find a way to make layups and free throws. Midlothian is a good team in this district. This is the toughest districts in the state. Every night is a battle.”
The loss dropped Red Oak to 6-12 on the season and 1-7 in District 10-5A.
Both teams return to district play Friday, Jan. 17. Midlothian travels to Lancaster. Red Oak returns home to host Mansfield Legacy.
Both games tipoff at 6:30 p.m.