Lady Panthers open district play with win

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The Alba-Golden Lady Panthers made their second home appearance of the season Tuesday night as they opened District 12-3A competition with a 63-40 rout of Edgewood.

In moving their season record up to 11-6, and of course their district record to 1-0, the Lady Panthers were tuning up for a Friday night conference tipoff with Mineola.

After that Alba-Golden has Tatum on the schedule for Dec. 20 before taking a break for Christmas. After the short break the Lady Panthers visit Campbell on Dec. 27 for an afternoon varsity set.

District play resumes on New Year’s Eve when Alba-Golden takes both its girls and boys teams to Eustace. The Lady Panthers will get to return home for the third time this season when they host Kemp on Jan. 3. This will also be a four-game, girls-boys set.

In the bout with Edgewood, the Lady Panthers got off to a slow start and trailed at the end of the first period, 13-11, as Edgewood’s Tabatha Parker nailed a three-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer.

That slick swisher seemed to be a crowning insult to the Alba-Golden defense as it hit the court on fire to open the second quarter, its full court press resulting in six straight turnovers as the Lady Panthers reeled off 15 unanswered points to take a 26-13 lead with 4:38 left in the period. Shelby Wright was particularly hot for Alba-Golden during the second quarter, hitting four two-pointers, one three-pointer and three of four foul shots for 14 points in the eight-minute onslaught that found the Lady Panthers holding a 38-21 halftime advantage.

Wright finished the game as Alba-Golden’s leading scorer with 25 points. Briana Weissat was the only other Lady Panther in double figures, but they also got good offensive help from Kenzie Chadwick and Gracie Pendergrass with eight points each, Grace Bizzell with seven points and Morgan Curts with six points.

Parker was the only Edgewood girl to crack the double-figure column, finishing the game with 18 points.

Alba-Golden flirted with foul problems as four players ended the game with four and the Lady Panthers were charged with a total of 24 fouls during the game. However, Edgewood displayed no mastery at the free throw line, making just 14 of 35 attempts for a miserable shooting average of just 40 percent. The Lady Panthers didn’t have much to brag about either when it came to performance at the charity stripe; they made only 10 of 21 free shots, or only 47.6 percent of their attempts.

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