MIDLOTHIAN – Days off the court, out of school, stuck at home and then a passing that hit close to home made for a week the Midlothian girls basketball team would simply rather put in its rearview mirror. On Saturday, the Lady Panthers took a 54-25 loss against Mansfield Legacy that didn’t make matters any better.
The team’s lone practice of the week was on Monday and it was cut short by the news that longtime Cedar Hill coach David Milson had passed away. His daughter Rylea is a starting post player on the girls team. The icy conditions during the week forced the funeral services to be postponed until Saturday morning, just hours before the team was set to tip off against Legacy.
All those elements combined for a game that was far from memorable, just like the rest of the week.
“I think it’s brought us together as a team a lot though,” guard Hannah Miller said. “A lot of us haven’t been on the court in four days. It’s expected. We knew it was going to be sloppy from the beginning but I think we were pretty positive throughout.”
Midlothian (5-24) fell into a deep hole early, hitting just three first half field goals leading to a 33-7 deficit at halftime. The team scored 11 points in the third period with seven of those coming from the free throw line.
A 7-point scoring total in the fourth period did little to bring the scoring total any closer as the team limped to the finish. Miller led the team with 16 points. No other player scored more than 3 points on the night.
Despite the struggles, coach Brooke Walthall made no excuses about her team’s tough outing.
“They had the same schedule we did and I do think they had some players that stepped up and they kind of came out in fight mode. That was our plan but we kind of went back on our heels just a little bit,” Walthall said. “I think we do a better job when we get to mentally prepare and we get to watch film and do things like that which from now on we’ll just make sure we make time for that whether we have to be here all day on a Saturday or not.”
The weather delays and game changes will stretch into next week. The Feb. 4 game at Cedar Hill will now take place on Wednesday with the home finale against Grand Prairie still slated for Tuesday.
Going from no games in more than a week to three games in five days will be a challenge to close out the season but getting back on the court is something the team is ready to do.
“Having four or five days off wasn’t good for our team and we didn’t get to practice, didn’t get to talk to each other, didn’t get to communicate,” guard Kaitlyn Reddick said. “I felt like we were missing out on a lot. I didn’t feel like we were bonded or as close and weren’t doing as good as we could because we didn’t practice all week.”
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