WACO, Texas — The Midlothian High School Lady Panthers competed in the Waco Midway MT Rice Tournament during the holiday break.
The event featured a 12-team girls’ tourney — including girls’ national teams from Australia — throughout three days of competition and culminated in the gold bracket championship games Wednesday. Teams participated in pool play for their first three games before being slotted into gold, silver, bronze and consolation brackets.
They beat Austin Westlake High School 41-39 on the strength of 22 points from Tatum Sorrells and seven from Sarah Williams, came from behind to beat Waco University High School 41-38 with the help of a four-point play by Tatum Sorrels. They also beat Tyler Lee High School 47-46 and after Jaida Klor's clutch game-winning basket.
Midlothian also suffered a 47-19 loss to Godley High School and a 51-39 defeat at the hands of Ellis County rival Ennis High School.
The tournament came on the heels of a 58-47 loss to Mansfield Legacy High School on Dec. 20 that dropped the team to 1-2 in District 10-5A. Sorrells scored 17 points against the Lady Broncos, Klor scored 12 and Cristina Balderrama added eight.
Midlothian was scheduled to return to district play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, after press time, against the Texas Association Basketball Coaches No. 2 Lady Wolves at Mansfield Timberview High School Gymnasium. Mansfield Timberview boasts Chennedy Carter, one of the best 5A girls basketball players in the nation.
The 5-foot-7 Texas A&M University commitment is a five-star athlete rated be ESPN as the No. 6 female athlete in the country.
Marcus S. Marion can be reached at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter @MarcusMarionWNI.