The Midlothian Lady Panther basketball team continued its strong start to the season with a great showing at the Corsicana Jan Blitz Tournament.
Midlothian played five games in three days and came away with three victories, including two on the first day of the event.
In the first game, Midlothian was matched up with Crandall. The Lady Panthers got out to a fast start and survived a furious rally to get a 51-40 win.
Midlothian was up 28-10 at halftime, but Crandall cut that lead to just four entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Panthers held strong and survived to get the win. Meghan Turner led the team with 14 points. Jenna Price and Lauren Paschall each added a dozen.
Later that day, Midlothian won 56-46 against Maypearl with a steady performance. The Lady Panthers had great team chemistry both on offense and defense.
The lead continued to grow after Midlothian led by just two after the first quarter. It was extended to five at halftime before the team pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Paschall led the way with 21 points and Turner and Karrington Slaydon both scored 10.
On day two of the tournament, the Lady Panthers suffered a pair of close setbacks.
Midlothian first lost to Midland Lee, the Lady Panthers led 9-7 after the first quarter, but trailed 25-19 at the half. The Lady Panthers cut that deficit to just four entering the fourth quarter, but the Lee offense exploded to pull away late.
Paschall led the team's seven scorers with 17 points. Abby Graham, Jenna Price, Phylicia Kirk and Calvonah Jenkins each scored at least two as Midlothian spread the ball around.
Following that, the team lost a heartbreaker 43-41 to Crowley. The Lady Panthers battled the entire game and gave a great team effort. Offense wasn't easy for either team as both squads only scored six in the fourth quarter.
Turner led the team in scoring with 11 points and Price contributed nine points. On the defensive end, Kirk stepped up big to shut down their post player.
Midlothian returned to Corsicana on Saturday to finish the tournament and did so with a big 49-43 victory against Waco University.
The Lady Panthers got off to a hot start and led 18-6 after the first quarter. That lead swelled to 17 going into the fourth quarter. University scored 19 in the fourth to cut into the lead, but Midlothian withstood the rest of the rally and got the win.
Turner led the team with 11 points and Price added nine. Karrington Slaydon and Kirk each scored six.
Prior to the tournament, the Lady Panthers travelled to Ennis and got a 50-29 non-conference victory. Midlothian led by just six at halftime, but the offense exploded for 19 points in the third quarter to seal the victory.
Turner led the team with 14 points. Kirk added nine and Price contributed eight.
Midlothian (6-4) will be in action again Nov. 26 at home at 7:30 p.m. against Cleburne.
The Lady Panther freshmen squad started its season with a big 54-10 win against Ennis. The defense did a great job and shut out the Lions in the first quarter as the Lady Panthers jumped out to an 18-0 lead after one. Ennis scored six points in the second, just one in the third and three in the fourth as Midlothian rolled.
Kennedy Miller led the team with 18 points. Kyra Stepney scored nine and Jada Price, Allie Smith and Abby Hopkins each scored eight.