GLEN ROSE — It looked to be a rather one-sided start to the Bi-District playoff game in Glen Rose on Tuesday night, but looks can be deceiving. The contest pitted the 4th place Lady Leopards of Lorena from District 18-4A, against the District Champions from Midlothian Heritage representing District 17-4A. But the actual game on the court proved once again that rankings are just numbers until the final buzzer of the basketball game has sounded. And just that quickly, the Lady Jags’ perfect district season (10-0) was over by the final score of 48-37. The Lady Leopards from the city of Lorena, had prevailed and will continue on in the post-season.
The Lady Jaguars jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first period and looked to be on their way to an easy win in what you would expect out of a 4th place team versus a 1st place team match-up. Or, so one would think – as far as basketball seedings usually go.
Unfortunately, Lorena had other ideas, and they clawed their way back to an 11-9 deficit when the quarter ended. The second stanza was a back and forth period, with Heritage holding a slim 21-20 lead as the teams went to their dressing rooms at half time.
Lorena, with a mixture of pressure defense and clutch shooting, distanced themselves in the 3rd quarter and never gave the Lady Jags another sniff at the victory. MHHS did pull within 7 points down, with about 2 minutes left to play. But try as they might, the Heritage ladies were unable to get any closer – and that ended Heritage’s season and vaulted the Lady Leopards into the next round of the U.I.L State Playoffs.
Leading Lorena in scoring were juniors Corbin Parnell with 13 points and Bailey Burbidge adding 17. Rounding out the top 3 point-getters was Sara Robertson with 5 points.
Heritage was led by senior Danielle Wallace with 12 points, junior Kylar Kenter added 8 points, and freshman Jerzie Bryant accounted for 12.
The Heritage team can be very proud of their outstanding district championship. Posting a perfect 10-0 season is not an easy task for any basketball team. The Lady Jags had several younger players taking strong leadership roles this year. They have 5 seniors that will be graduating at the end of the school year, but with a promising core group of players coming back next year, and with another season under their belts, the Lady Jags look to be even better and more ready for an extended run in the playoffs in 2021. With the loss on Tuesday night, the Lady Jaguars ended with a 26-12 overall record on the season. Head Coach for the Heritage varsity girls team is Angie Evans.