Mansfield Legacy kept it close in the first half Tuesday night in the Panther Arena. But the Broncos had no answer for Kaden Archie and company in the second.
The senior guard led the Midlothian Panthers basketball team with a game-high 21 points in the 64-46 home win. The victory moved No. 13 Midlothian to 5-3 in District 10-5A and 19-8 overall.
"We'll take it," said Midlothian head boys' basketball coach Steven Middleton after the game. He also tipped his hat to the visiting Broncos, stating, "they came out with a lot more energy then I thought they would have. They played with a lot of spunk."
"We played a much better second half," Middleton added. "I thought our second half defense won the game. We struggled in the first half of conversion and transition, and we had a lot of bad turnovers.
"[...] In the second half we calmed down and got the ball where we needed to get the ball. It was much more efficient in the second half."
In addition to Archies' 21, Caleb Johnson scored 13 points, Nky Madison and Evan Marshall had seven, Omari Bobbitt scored six, and Swahn Gibson finished with four. Both Zeke' Bennett and Jon McDonald scored three points, each.
"Kaden Archie took over in the second half and forced his will around the basket. I thought Caleb Jordan's penetration and floor game was on point tonight," said Middleton, who also complimented strong play from his bench.
Midlothian returns to action Friday, Jan. 26 at home against No. 3 Mansfield Timberview.
Tipoff is at 8 p.m.