POTTSBORO — The Van Alstyne girls found themselves getting roughed up, 50-26, against the Pottsboro Lady Cardinals on Friday, Jan. 5 in non-conference play at Pottsboro High School.


The Lady Panthers came out sluggish in the first quarter, only being able to scrape together 4 points against the surging Cardinals, who would score 14 points of their own in the quarter, taking a 10 point lead early.


The second quarter of play was more of the same, as Van Alstyne was held to five points, while the Pottsboro defense held down the big shooters for Van Alstyne, making them a non-factor. Pottsboro poured on 11 more points and took a 25-9 lead with them into half time.


Van Alstyne came out more aggressively on offense, putting up better numbers in the third quarter with eight points. This change of pace was overall fruitless as the Lady Cardinals put up 13 points and buried any chance of a Van Alstyne comeback with a 38-19 score by the end of the quarter.


In the fourth quarter, the Van Alstyne girls put together another competent seven minutes of play, scoring 9 points — but with the steady increase of the Pottsboro score, they would not make a comeback to threaten a Pottsboro victory.


“We played well at times, we just struggled to consistently knock down shots,” Coach Dyer said in a message. “But I thought we guarded pretty well for most of the game. There were penalty of positives an we’re gonna continue to keep getting better.”


Van Alstyne will hope to bounce back against their longtime rivals Howe on Friday, Jan. 9 at Howe High School.