VAN ALSTYNE — Despite a strong performance, the Lady Panthers fell victim to a late-inning Whitewright surge, dropping the District 10-3A game, 13-2, on Friday, April 6.


Whitewright got on the board first after a first inning RBI double to center and another run came around to score after a Van Alstyne error in center field, making it a 2-0 Lady Tiger lead to kick off the game.


Whitewright poured it on in the top of the second, capitalizing on two Lady Panther errors and an RBI ground out to make it a 4-0 Whitewright advantage.


Van Alstyne responded in the bottom of the second — a Kinsey Lock single and a hit by pitch set up the bases for a Dakota Kern bullet into center field for the two-run single. The Lady Panthers bounced back and cut the Whitewright lead in half at 4-2.


It was a grind of a game through the next three innings. Whitewright finally broke through in the top of the fifth — a double followed by two singles extended the Lady Tiger lead to 6-2. Whitewright wasn’t done there, scoring six more runs in the inning off three hits, including a homer, and capitalizing on costly Van Alstyne errors.


The Lady Panthers went down in order in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game with a run rule.


“The girls played well, we’ve reached a lot of milestones tonight that we haven’t reached all year,” Van Alstyne head coach Jason Brogdon said. “Pitching was better; we played them close. Then we just kind of fell apart later in the game, some errors and mental mistakes. But we will keep working and trying to iron those things out.”


The Lady Panthers will be back on the diamond against Farmersville on Tuesday, April 10.