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Panthers Nab 20th Win of Season

Leader Photo by Griff Servati,  Jake Hillebrenner
Leader Photo by Griff Servati, Jake Hillebrenner
Leader Photo by Griff Servati,  Seth Caraway
Leader Photo by Griff Servati, Seth Caraway
Leader Photo by Griff Servati,  Zach Davis
Leader Photo by Griff Servati, Zach Davis

Van Alstyne High School principal Dr. David Brown had the Free Sonic Slushee coupons ready to go last Friday night, but the Panthers just could not push past that 100-point barrier.

Led by Zach Davis’ 29-point effort, Van Alsytne bombed its way to a 94-74 win over Caddo Mills in Panther Gym, keeping the Foxes winless in District 12-2A play.

It was the 20th win of the season for Van Alstyne, making them bowl eligible…in theory.

There are no secrets about what the Panthers’ game plan is about. They are going to press you from the opening jump and rain 3-balls on the offensive end. On nights like last Friday, when they were good on 47 percent of those 3-point efforts, they usually win.

Davis sent in 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, grabbed nine rebounds, stole the ball four times and had two service winners. Bailey Thorpe had 17 points, Harrison Awe added 13 and Isaiah Boling chipped in 11 points and eight dimes.

The Panthers needed all of those points as the Running Foxes came to play.

Riding a seven-game losing streak in league play, Caddo Mills’ 74 points was the most scored by a Van Alstyne opponent this season.

Johnathan Gillispie had 17 points to lead the Foxes.

Unfortunately, Jared McMakin was added to the injured list for Van Alstyne. He and Dalton Jones, who also missed the Pilot Point game, were unavailable for the contest.

Caddo Mills 18 15 20 21 — 74

Van Alstyne 26 20 26 22 — 94

VA: Zach Davis 29, Bailey Thorpe 17, Harrison Awe 13,Isaiah Boling 11, Seth Caraway 8,Jake Hillebrenner 7, Colin McCaskill 6, Will Jones 3.

Gunter 67, Van Alstyne 63

The Panthers made a fast and furious second-half rally in Gunter on Jan. 21, scoring 44 points in the period. Even that was not enough, however, to catch the Tigers who posted a 67-63 win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Van Alstyne (20-3, 5-2) trailed by 15 at the end of the first half, a figure that was just too much for the squad to overcome.

Isaiah Boling led the Panther offense with 20 points, while Colin McCaskill added 13. Jared McMakin, coming off a missed game due to an injury, chipped in 11 points.

Van Alstyne will host the district leading Sunnyvale Raiders Friday night, looking to stop a two-game losing streak to the Raiders.

Van Alstyne 10 9 24 20 — 63

Gunter 21 13 14 19 — 67

VA:Isaiah Boling 20,Colin McCaskill 13, Jared McMakin 11,Bailey Thorpe 6, Zach Davis 5, Will Jones 5, Jake Hillebrenner 3.

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