Lady Panthers stave off upset bid

MHS boys, girls both set up huge home contests against Red Oak on Friday

Mirror report
Midlothian's Elise Jones (30) puts up a shot against Corsicana during a recent District 14-5A home game.

JOSHUA — The road to victory proved a lot tougher this time around, but the Midlothian Lady Panthers were able to pull out a 46-40 triumph over the upset-minded Joshua Lady Owls on Friday night to stay in second place in the District 14-5A standings as the second half of district play got underway.

Elise Jones led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Lady Panthers. Sheridan Silvers finished with a dozen points, and Bailey Davis added seven points and four steals.

The Lady Panthers (17-9, 6-1) took a 23-11 lead at intermission, but suffered a third-quarter cold spell as Joshua hung tough and took a brief 30-29 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The host Lady Owls tied the game at 36-all before MHS regained a slight edge and then put the game away at the free-throw line, including two big ones by Jones with about a minute left.

MHS was scheduled to visit Ennis on Tuesday evening. They will host league-leading Red Oak and two-time Ellis County HSSA player of the year Breanna Davis on Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a chance to force a deadlock atop the 14-5A table. The Lady Panthers will travel to Corsicana next Tuesday.

14-5A boys: MHS 49, Joshua 43

JOSHUA — Kelton Williams led the way with 19 points as the Panthers held on for a 49-43 win over Joshua on Friday night, keeping MHS in second place.

Calix Hampton added seven points and crashed the boards for eight caroms in the win.

The Panthers (15-11, 5-1) traveled to Ennis on Tuesday night. They will face Class 5A No. 20 and district first-place Red Oak on Friday at 8 p.m., looking to make up for a 63-62 overtime loss on Jan. 4 at the Hawks’ nest.

The MHS boys will also travel to Corsicana next Tuesday.