LANCASTER — Midlothian High School won't have quite the three-game basketball momentum it had before Tuesday's 69-63 loss to Lancaster High School at Tiger Coliseum.
It may have several benefits pointing it in the right direction, though.
The Panthers entered the game on a streak after beating Mansfield Lake Ridge, Mansfield Summit and Red Oak High Schools in back-to-back-to-back games, but Lancaster was ready, willing and able to close their season with a victory and the district's No. 3 seed. While Midlothian had the scoring power of 23 points from Kaden Archie and 16 from Caleb Jordan, Lancaster countered with double-digit performances from four different players.
Cam Bluitt led Lancaster with 24 points and Mike Miles, Zaire Toombs and Marik Martin scored 16, 13, and 10 points respectively. Vincent Lee (12 pts), the third Midlothian player with 10 or more points, Evan Marshall (9 pts) and Bray Olmstead (3 pts) were the Panthers' other point producers.
The loss left Midlothian as the District 10-5A No. 4 seed and on a collision course with Arlington Seguin High School at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Grand Prairie High School. The Cougars are familiar with the likes of Waxahachie, Red Oak and Lancaster, too.
Before last April's district re-alignment, Midlothian was in District 8-6A with Cedar Hill and Desoto High Schools and Arlington Seguin was the third place team in District 14-5A behind state champion Lancaster and second place Mansfield Timberview High Schools.
One year later, the (22-10, 11-3) Cougars claimed a 9-5A district title.
A Panther victory against Arlington Seguin — the first playoff win in seven years — would put Midlothian into an area round showdown with the winner of Tuesday's Seagoville-Dallas Conrad High School matchup. If they reach the regional quarterfinals, the Panthers could potentially meet Ellis County rival Waxahachie High School, the undefeated champion of District 10-5A.
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