MIDLOTHIAN — After falling in Tuesday's matchup against Mansfield Legacy High School, the Lady Panthers are on the outside of the UIL postseason picture looking in.
Despite the disparity in between the unranked Lady Panthers and the state-ranked Lady Wolves, Midlothian was less than a couple of plays away from toppling the giant.
Midlothian High School lost its eighth district game of the season after falling 59-37 to the Lady Wolves on Friday night at MHS Arena and despite one of the best performances of the season from Tatum Sorrels.
They also held resident superstar guard and Texas A&M commit Chennedy Carter to nine points.
The (28-2, 10-0) Lady Wolves began and ended the game as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches No. 3 girls' 5A team by sparking an 18-7 run in the game's first eight minutes and outscoring Midlothian in each of the next three. Though the built a 30-15 first half lead, the Lady Panthers found footing in the second.
Behind 20 points from Sorrels, eight from Sarah Williams, seven from Jaida Klor and two from Savannah Glossup, Midlothian chipped away at their powerhouse opponent's lead with a pair of 11-point quarters.
They managed to bottle and contain Carter to single digits, who had scored 17 against Red Oak High School, 19 against Mansfield Summit and a whopping 27 points during a 70-26 blowout of Mansfield Lake Ridge, other Mansfield Timberview players stepped in to fill the void.
The Lady Wolves had four players outside Carter — Lauren Thompson (14), Treylynn Tyler (9), N'Denasijia Collins (9) and Jaryanna Ward (6) — with six or more points and every player on their roster scored at least two.
The loss dropped Midlothian into seventh place in the District 10-5A standings and placed them three games away from Waxahachie High School, the holder of the fourth and final playoff position. They were scheduled to meet the Lady Indians at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at George W. Solis Gymnasium.
Mansfield Timberview moved to No. 2 in the TABC rankings after updates were released on Monday.
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