The Alba-Golden basketball teams continued their early season success last week. The boys team suffered a loss but bounced back with a win. The girls team took a loss early as well but ran through the competition at the Mount Pleasant Tournament before falling in the final.
After winning their first game of the season against Hawkins, the Panthers dropped a close 77-72 contest at Big Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Alba-Golden responded a week later with a 46-41 victory over West Rusk.
The Panthers (2-1) returned home Tuesday, after Monitor press time, to face Kerens and will compete in the North Hopkins Tournament this weekend.
The Lady Panthers began the week with a 52-39 loss to Bells but responded well in the Mount Pleasant Tournament. Alba-Golden went 4-1 in the tournament and placed runner-up to host Chapel Hill.
Alba-Golden opened up the tournament Thursday with a close 61-59 victory over Queen City before defeating Liberty Eylau in a defensive battle 48-38. The Lady Panthers defeated Kilgore 50-44 on Friday and beat Pleasant Grove 50-46 to advance to the tournament final.
The game was a back and forth affair but the Lady Panthers were forced to foul late and Chapel Hill converted their free throws en route to a 70-59 victory over the Lady Panthers. Head Coach Blake Hamrick said his team competed well against the top-ten team despite the loss.
“Everyone contributed and grew up this weekend,” said Hamrick. “We are taking steps in the right direction but still have a lot of work to do but that’s to be expected this early in the season. If we were playing our best basketball this early, I would be concerned. I want to be playing our best basketball in February, not December.”
The Lady Panthers (9-4) traveled to Bullard on Tuesday, after Monitor press time, and will compete in the Brownsboro Tournament this weekend.