Van Alstyne’s Lady Panthers defeated Anna in overtime, 56-52, on Monday, Nov. 20, in non-district play at Anna High School. Van Alstyne freshman Emma Donald nailed a 3-pointer with less than a minute left in regulation to send the game to an extra period where the Lady Panthers pulled away. Donald also posted a team-high 22 points in the victory, while teammates Torin Riddick and Maegan Thomas tallied 11 and 6 points, respectively.
“The most encouraging thing was that the kids found a way to win,” Van Alstyne head coach Tyler Dyer said. “It was a pretty tight game, back and forth, and we made enough plays down the stretch to get the job done. That’s really valuable in the pre-district portion of the season.”
Scoring leaders for Anna included JaShell Evans, who pumped in a game-high 26 points, Skyla Mackey with 7 and Marianna Bert with 6.
The 4-0 Lady Panthers led, 25-22, at halftime but Anna held a 34-33 edge after three quarters.
“We came out very flat and didn’t play with a passion or a since of urgency,” Anna head coach Albert Cager said. “We are a much better team than what we showed today. As bad as we played, we still had opportunities to win in regulation and in OT. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. Too many unforced turnovers. Once we execute our offense and take care of the ball, we can compete with anyone.
“VA made some big plays at the end of the game and in OT. I’ve got to give them credit for finishing the game.”
Coming off the Allen tournament, this was the Lady Coyotes’ sixth game in five days. “I’m looking forward to a much needed break,” Cager said, “and I’ll be ready to get back in the gym with my girls. I love my girls.”
Anna (2-6) will play again on Tuesday, Nov. 28, versus Commerce at home. The Lady Panthers’ next contest is Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Sunnyvale.