MAYPEARL — Palmer High School, which nearly had three double-figure scorers during Friday night's 54-34 loss to county rival Maypearl, couldn't erase the damage of a 16-point first quarter deficit.
The (14-15, 3-6) Lady Bulldogs utilized their offensive attack with the help of seniors Dom Flores (8 pts, 2 rebs, 2 stls) and Haley Coffey (6 pts, 2 rebs, 1 stl) and junior Sierra Stone (7 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl). Senior Teryn Pritchett also scored four points and pulled down a tied for the game-high in rebounds with 10.
The Lady Panthers, however, responded with double-digit points from junior Kynlee Herrin and senior Maddie Creech and a near double-double from freshman Sol Cabuto.
Despite only scoring seven points in the initial quarter, Maypearl won two of the final three quarters — including ending the game on a 13-8 run. Herrin scored 18 points on 6-for-10 3-point shooting and pulled down five rebounds, Creech tallied 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting from behind the 3-point line and Cabuto added six points and added 10 rebounds.
Cabuto (5) and Herrin (4) also combined for nine of the (18-6, 8-1) Lady Panthers' 17 steals adding to efforts from senior Sheltyn Campbell (3), junior Meredith Keasler (2), Creech (2) and junior Phylicia Grimes (1).
Though Maypearl and Palmer were identical in total rebounds (33), the Lady Bulldogs dominated the offensive glass. They pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to their rival's 11.
Six of those — more than any one player on either team — came via Pritchett.
The loss dropped the Lady Bulldogs to fifth place in the District 17-3A standings below Blooming Grove High School (18-8, 4-4). Grandview, Maypearl and Keene High Schools, the district's No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams have two or fewer losses and at least a two-game lead on Blooming Grove and Palmer.
Palmer, which will face Rice High School at 6.p.m. Tuesday at PHS Gymnasium, could climb the standings if Maypearl lost its second round matchup against Grandview and all three schools beat Keene.
Maypearl, which is in second place behind the undefeated Grandview Lady Zebras, will face Keene High School at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at KHS Gymnasium. The Lady Panthers could force Grandview High School into a rubber match with district title implications by winning each of their five games.
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