The Lady Panthers picked up win No. 4 in District 10-5A with a coast-to-coast win on the road against Mansfield Lake Ridge.

The Lady Panthers led 17-10 after the first quarter and never looked back, though the Lady Eagles did make a game of it late in the fourth quarter. Midlothian was outscored 21-16 in the final frame of the 64-58 win.

"I'm proud of them," Midlothian head girls basketball coach Amy Tennison said. "It wasn't clean and I felt like we had some opportunities to stretch our lead but didn't capitalize on them. We had some key turnovers. But the kids kept battling even when Lake Ridge tried to make a run. We were able to answer. It's good to see the fight in my kids."

Cristina Balderamma led the Lady Panthers with 23 points, while Tatum Sorrels added eight of her 18 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help close out the win.

Kierra Middleton scored 11 points. Mikaela McGuire and Sarah Williams both chipped in five points, respectively, and Savanna Glossup rounded out the scoring with two points.

It was Williams, the Lady Panthers go-to point guard, who Tennison pointed to after the game as someone who shined during the win.

Tennison said Williams' play with the basketball in hands and "just the leadership that she brings to our team" were paramount in the win.

"She is a point guard and a true leader, and usually, you don't find too many scoring point guards," Tennison explained. "Usually, their opportunities to score are off of defense and a quick skill or within the offense, but the ball has to come back through their hands. She does a great job with her leadership, and it is very, very valuable to our team."

The win moves Midlothian to 15-8 on the season and 4-2 in District 10-5A.


The Lady Panthers close out the first half of district play at home Friday against Mansfield Summit. Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m.

Tennison hopes her girls' learned from Tuesday's win that any player can influence the game on any given night.

"It could be anyone's night. Tatum is always consistent, but I thought our post players really stepped up and had a great game. As far as rebounding and what they brought to the game, I feel like they were huge differences makers in this ballgame."


Fred Phipps/Mirror contributed to this report.