The Van Alstyne Lady Panthers, fresh off of their four-game Mississippi sweep, went on the road to Farmersville Tuesday night and handed the Lady Farmers a 49-32 whipping.
It was the first win for Van Alstyne coach Tim Bryant in their building and it puts the Lady Panthers back into the District 10-3A race at 2-2 in league play.
Sophomore Maegan Thomas scored 11 points to lead a balanced attack for the Lady Panthers. Junior Treylee Neill and senior Madison Reno each added 10 points in the win.
Reno, playing with three fouls in the first half, didn’t back off on either end, not surprising to coach Bryant.
“She’s a senior and I felt like she could handle it in that situation,” Bryant said.
Nine of Neill’s points came from three shots beyond the arc and she was fouled on that third make and converted the unusual, 4-point play.
The game was deadlocked at the end of the first quarter, 13-13. Neill and Reno each had a 3-pointer in the period, after sophomore Avery Duncan opened the quarter with a corner three.
An 11-0 run to open the second quarter by the Lady Panthers and another three by Neill late, gave Van Alstyne a 29-17 lead at the half.
Sophomore BreAnna McCaskill got a steal at the defensive end, then raced up court to make a nice feed to Duncan for an easy basket.
Another 3-pointer by Neill, then the added free throw, pushed the Van Alstyne lead to 14.
Senior Kassi Price rebounded at the offensive end, then sent in a short jumper to close out the third period.
Thomas scored twice from deep in the paint to open the final frame and junior Sydney Bruton added a free throw to give the Panthers the win.
Freshman Alexia Smith added seven points and Duncan finished with five.
The Lady Panthers will host Pottsboro on Friday night and the Lady Cardinals will be a challenge. They are currently ranked ninth among Class 3-A girls’ teams by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.