The JV Lady Panthers finished their appearance in the Burleson Centennial Tournament in second place last weekend.
The Midlothian team got wins against Frisco, Arlington and Argyle before losing to the host school in the championship game.
To start the tournament, the team had to face Frisco. It played great defense and executed well on offense to control the tempo and get a 48-19 win.
Midlothian had a four-point lead after the first quarter and it swelled to 15 by halftime. The defense played lockdown in the third quarter as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Raccoons 14-5 in the third.
Sydney Eitel scored 19 points to lead the team. Ciera Cunning added eight and Jaida Klor contributed seven. Katey Hahn, Infinity Rogers and Tori Robinson each scored four.
In the next game, the team had to face a tough Arlington team and pulled out a 30-23 win.
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 10-4 lead after the first quarter, but that evaporated as the game was tied at 21 entering the fourth. Midlothian's defense allowed just one basket in the fourth quarter to get the win.
Eitel led the way with nine points agin and Klor and Cunning each scored six.
The team continued their own brand of hard-nosed full-court defense and made key plays down the stretch to advance to the semifinals.
Once in the semifinals, the team was tested again as it pulled out a last-second 36-25 win against Argyle.
With less than seven seconds to play and down two, the Lady Panthers had to go the length of the court versus Argyle to either send it to overtime or get the win. After a time out, the inbounds pass went to Cunning breaking past half court, who then turned and passed to Klor.
After a couple of dribbles, with less than three seconds on the clock, Klor drained a perfect three-pointer for the buzzer-beater. Argyle was a formidable opponent, with tremendous post play from its six-foot-one-inch center, and strong guards.
Midlothian stayed positive, despite losing starters Eitel and Destiny Rogers on fouls, and gave themselves a chance to pull out the victory.
Cunning led the team with 13 points and Klor, the hero, added 10 more. Eitel scored six before leaving with foul trouble.
This set up a clash with Centennial in the championship. The Lady Panthers started strong, but ran out of gas in the 45-32 loss.
The game was tied at 13 after the first quarter, but Midlothian was outscored 25-9 in the middle two frames to lead to the loss.
Despite being disappointed in the loss, the second-place finish was a tremendous accomplishment in the highly competitive tournament.
Cunning led the way offensively once more with 14 points and Eitel scored eight.
The JV Lady Panthers (8-2) will be in action once again against Mansfield Timberview at home Dec. 10.