Van Alstyne 42,Henrietta 32.

The Lady Panthers got off to a positive start on the three-day trip to northeast Texas, beating the Henrietta Lady Bearcats, 42-32, on Dec. 1.

This was the opening game of the Clay County Classic for the Lady Panthers.

Sophomore post Maegan Thomas had 12 points and seven rebounds in the 10-point win.

Senior Madison Reno and junior Treylee Neill each had nine points and Reno added seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals to her stat line.

The Panthers got a little relief from the injury bug that had befallen them in the early going as sophomore BreAnna McCaskill got her first action of the year. She scored five points in limited playing time in the tournament opener.

The Lady Panthers broke open a 15-13 halftime game, outscoring the Lady Cats,27-19 in the second half.

Wellington 58, Van Alstyne 25.

The sky may not have been falling, but the Wellington Skyrockets jumped on the Lady Panthers for a 58-25 win in the second game of the Clay County Classic.

Or should they be called the Lady Skyrockets?

After a 9-3 first quarter, the west Texas team exploded for 49 points over the next three periods and shut down the Van Alstyne offense.

Sophomore Maegan Thomas had seven points and four rebounds for the Lady Panthers, while senior Madison Reno and junior Treylee Neill each finished with five points.

Junior Sydney Bruton had six rebounds and freshman Alexia Smith had four points, four steals and five rebounds.

The ladies were enjoying the team bonding at the Armadillo Den.

Van Alstyne 52, Iowa Park 46 (OT)

On Dec. 2 the Lady Panthers rebounded nicely from that game-two loss to Wellington with a 52-46, overtime win over the Class 4-A, Iowa Park Lady Hawks in the Clay County Classic.

Thomas continued her outstanding tournament play with 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lady Panther attack.

Reno added 15 points and four steals and sophomore Avery Duncan had nine points.

Smith had two points and nine rebounds in the game.

After a 15-7, first-quarter start by the Lady Panthers, Iowa Park began to edge back into the contest.

The teams were tied, 45-45 at the end of regulation, before Van Alstyne stepped up the defensive pressure.

The Lady Panthers held Iowa Park to just one point in the extra period, scoring seven at their end for the win.

Van Alstyne 54, Holliday 44.

The Lady Panthers continued their winning ways at the Clay County Classic on Dec. 3 with a 54-44 win over Holliday.

Thomas had her second 16-point game in the tournament and Madison Reno added 15 for the Lady Panthers.

Van Alstyne built up a 10-point lead in the first half, taking a 29-19 advantage to the break.

They held that lead throughout, as Holliday could not catch up.

Hico 51, Van Alstyne 38.

After four games in three days, the Lady Panthers couldn’t finish an upset bid against the Hico Lady Tigers, falling 51-38 in the final game of the Clay County Classic on Dec. 3

Hico, ranked 10th among Class 2-A girls’ teams by the Texas Girls’ Coaches Association, broke open a 1-point game at the half to get the win.

Reno led the Lady Panthers with nine points and Thomas finished with seven points and nine rebounds.

Duncan chipped in eight points against the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Panthers get some time to recover before hosting Commerce in the District 10-3A opener on Dec. 9.