The offensive malaise which has plagued the Lady Panthers over the last four games continued on Jan. 7 as Van Alstyne dropped a 46-28 home-loss to the Leonard Lady Tigers.
Van Alstyne (10-12)(2-4) had several easy scoring looks in the contest, but the shots just would not fall. A basket by Raigan Servati got the Lady Panthers off to a good start, but they could not capture any offensive momentum, while the visitors were red-hot from the 3-point line.
Kimmy Blackburn dropped in the Lady Tigers’ first 3-pointer and Chyenne Baker added another as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 15-4 start. Blackburn finished with 16 points to lead the scoring parade.
A basket by Carleigh Simmons stopped the early run by Leonard and two free throws by Ashley Burts closed out the first half with the Lady Tigers on top, 26-10.
A Burts’ basket and two by Simmons helped pick up the offensive pace in the third quarter as the Lady Panthers got off on a 6-0 run. Simmons’ second field-goal of the period made it a 35-18 game at the end of three.
The two teams traded points throughout the final quarter. Moreno put in a pair of free throws and Servati added one in the early minutes of the period.
A Simmons basket, then her 3-point shot, kept the Lady Panther hopes alive, but they could not get defensive stops. Two free throws by Allison Hensley closed the book for the game.
Junior guard Hannah Fernandez, who has missed the last two games, hopes to get back to action when the Lady Panthers resume district play in Pilot Point on Jan. 14.
Sub-Varsity Notes: The Lady Panther junior varsity team pushed their district winning streak to six games as Bryanna Hernandez scored 21 points in a 46-26 win over Leonard.
Leonard 15 11 9 11 — 46
Van Alstyne 4 6 8 10 — 28
VA: Carleigh Simmons 11, Emma Moreno 8, Ashley Burts 4, Raigan Servati 3, Allison Hensley 2,
Farmersville 49, Van Alstyne 25
The Van Alstyne Lady Panthers were hit by an 18-4 Farmersville run in the second quarter and that was key as the Lady Farmers came away with a 49-25 win at Van Alstyne on Jan. 3.
The Lady Panther offense struggled to find consistency as they were held to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters.
Baskets by Ashley Burts and Bailey Allen got Van Alstyne off to a positive start. After Farmersville had tied the game at 4-4, Carleigh Simmons sent in a bucket to put the Lady Panthers up 6-4.
That would be the last lead of the game for Van Alstyne.
After Farmersville got on top, 8-6, Allison Hensley scored for the Lady Panthers to tie the game at 8-8. The visitors went on an extended run to put the game away.
A Burts’ basket late in the second quarter and Raigan Servati’s free throw make sent the teams to the break with Farmersville up, 27-12.
Andrea Espitia scored to stop a 7-0 Farmersville run in the third quarter.
Burts finished with seven points to lead the Lady Panthers.
Farmersville 9 18 7 15 — 49
Van Alstyne 8 4 2 11 — 25
VA: Ashley Burts 7, Allison Hensley 4, Emma Moreno 3, Carleigh Simmons 2 Andrea Espitia 2, Hannah Smith 2, Raigan Servati 2, Bailey Allen 2, Maddie Horn 1.
District 12-2A Girls Standings
Van Alstyne 2-3
Pilot Point 1-4
Caddo Mills 0-4