FARMERSVILE — The Lady Panthers dominated their conference match up with Farmersville, taking the win, 63-44, on Friday, Jan. 26.
Van Alstyne came out swinging in their first quarter of play, putting up a quick 15 points to open up the game. Emma Donald started the game off hot with seven points in the first quarter for the Lady Panthers. Farmersville was held to just four points. The Lady Panthers were comfortably in the driver’s seat going into the second quarter.
In the second, Van Alstyne kept up the pressure with a definitive 21-point quarter. Harley Butler managed to put up seven points in the quarter for the Lady Panthers. The Lady Farmers were held to another minute gain with seven points to end the half and Van Alstyne headed into half time with a cushy 36-11 lead.
The Lady Panthers started to slow down the pace in the third quarter, only scoring 14 points, with seven of those points coming from free throws. This change of pace allowed Farmersville to put up its biggest chunk of points in the game with 17. Luckily, with their comfortable lead, 50-28, the Lady Panthers didn’t have to be concerned about a Lady Farmers comeback.
The fourth quarter was another slower one with only 13 points scored for the Lady Panthers. Van Alstyne scored the majority of its points from the free-throw line, finishing the quarter with nine points there. Farmersville had another productive but fruitless quarter in terms of claiming the win, putting up 16 points.
“We played really well in the first half,” Van Alstyne head coach Tyler Dyer said. “We clinched a playoff spot with this victory, so we just need to worry about cleaning up a few things moving forward and getting ready for a playoff run.”
Donald finished up the night with an impressive 17 points for the Lady Panthers. Butler had 10 points, and Torin Riddick put away 12.
The Lady Panthers will play their next conference game against Howe on Friday, Feb. 2 at Van Alstyne High School.