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Lady Panthers Split Tourney, Top Lindsay

Leader Photo by Griff Servati  Hannah Fernandez
Leader Photo by Griff Servati Hannah Fernandez
Leader Photo by Griff Servati  Maddie Horn
Leader Photo by Griff Servati Maddie Horn

The Lady Panthers took on their Jekyll and Hyde persona at the Pottsboro Tournament over the Nov. 22 weekend, winning two and losing two.

For the season, the Lady Panthers are 6-6.

In the tournament opener on Nov. 21, Van Alstyne got off to a good start with a 40-32 win over Denison. The Lady Jackets were leading early, before Van Alstyne went on a 14-3 run, pulling even on a free throw by Hannah Fernandez.

The Lady Panthers led at the half, 23-18 and Fernandez finished with 12 points in the contest.

Later that afternoon, Van Alstyne was hammered by Decatur as the Lady Eagles took a 58-30 decision.

On Friday it was the good twin who showed up for the Lady Panthers as, in the words of Van Alstyne coach Tim Bryant, “We played our best game of the season.”

It was good enough for a 52-50 win over Whitesboro, a team which had hammered Pilot Point the day prior.

Van Alstyne led at the half, 21-17, and the Lady Panthers pushed the lead to nine when Allison Hensley dropped in a pair of free throws. A basket by Emma Moreno pushed the lead to a dozen before the Lady Bearcats began to chip away at the lead.

The game was tied twice, the last at 43-all before a Maddie Horn free throw gave Van Alstyne a lead it would never relinquish.

Baskets by Ashley Burts and Horn, and two free throws by Carleigh Simmons, pushed the Lady Panthers to the two-point win.

Van Alstyne returned Saturday morning and let one get away in the second half as Pottsboro took the win, 32-21.

Van Alstyne 48, Lindsay 29

The Lady Panthers wrapped up the pre-Thanksgiving portion of their schedule with a 48-29 win over Lindsay at Van Alstyne on Monday night.

Emma Moreno and Carleigh Simmons, each with 11 points, led a balanced scoring attack for Van Alstyne,

Hannah Smith added 10 as the Lady Panthers used an 8-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Lady Knights.

Two baskets each by Smith and Simmons helped fuel a 10-0 run in the fourth as Van Alstyne built its lead to 21.

The Lady Panthers return to action on December 3rd with a trip to Whitesboro.

Lindsay 3 9 6 11-29

Van Alstyne 9 10 10 19-48

VA: Moreno 11, Simmons 11, Smith 10, Ashley Burts 4, Allison Hensley 4, Raigan Servati 3, Maddie Horn 3,

Bailey Allen 2.

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