Tuesday night in Midlothian was a showdown of the last two girls basketball teams with unblemished District 10-5A records. Not to mention, the Lady Panthers were playing host to defending state champion and 5A No. 1 Mansfield Timberview.
The Lady Panthers stood toe-to-toe with the Lady Wolves, too, though ultimately fell 66-52.
Midlothian found itself down 18-10 after the first quarter and trailed 31-22 at the half. The Lady Panthers were outscored 35-30 in the second half.
Midlothian fell to 3-1 in District 10-5A with the loss and 14-6 on the season.
After the game, Midlothian head girls' basketball coach Amy Tennison applauded the effort of her girls, despite early struggles to score.
"They trusted the game plan. I thought that we had a lot of good looks that just didn’t fall for us. We missed a lot of chippies that is kind of uncharacteristic," Tennison said. "But you also have got to give Timberview credit because they make you rush and they make you play fast. They have a great team. They have got great guards and great presence inside. When you have that combination, you become a really good basketball team really quick."
Kierra Middleton led the Lady Panthers with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line.
Tatum Sorrels and Mikaela McGuire scored seven points, while Zoriah Johnson chipped in six. Maeghan Palmer added four points, Sarah Williams had three, and Savanna Glossup and Balderrama rounded out the scoring with two points.
Midlothian will make the short trip down US Highway 287 to Waxahachie for a 6:30 p.m. tip off Friday against the Lady Indians. Waxahachie is 13-7 on the season and 3-1 in District 10-5A.
Fred Phipps/Daily Light contributed to this report.