VAN ALSTYNE — The Lady Panthers dropped a pulse-pounder at home to Campbell on Tuesday, Nov. 28, taking a loss by a mere two points with a final score of 47-45. It was a hard played game by both teams, with the Lady Panthers showing some of their best offensive ability this season. Good ball movement and teamwork kept Van Alstyne in the game — but fouls and key turnovers would ultimately cost them the win.
Campbell took a quick lead, 7-0, after tip off following three Van Alstyne turn overs. The Lady Panthers would come back after two Emma Donald baskets to tail by a score of 8-5. A back and forth frenzy for most of the first quarter would see it end in a 12-11 Campbell lead. Campbell scored five of their points in the first quarter from the foul line.
Van Alstyne became aggressive on the court in the second quarter. After some Campbell turnovers and a Micah Welch steal, the Lady Panthers created enough scoring opportunities to take the lead, 20-13, early in the quarter. Van Alstyne’s defense shined in the second quarter, causing seven total Campbell turnovers. Van Alstyne kept the pressure on throughout the rest of the half, finishing it up with a 28-21 lead.
The third quarter was another shootout with back and forth scoring throughout — luckily for the Lady Panthers their lead helped them get out of it on top, with the scoreboard reading 37-32. Strong defense kept the slowly warming offense of Campbell at bay, though Van Alstyne had one of their lowest scoring quarters of the game, racking up only nine points.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, Campbell came back with a vengeance in the fourth quarter. Key mistakes by Van Alstyne gave Campbell scoring opportunities early in the final quarter, with their lead disappearing to only a one-point difference at 43-42. It would be a stale mate at 44-44 for what seemed like an eternity, until Campbell hit a clutch three capping off the game with a win, 47-45.
“You know, this was our first really close game, we had a few comfortable wins and a bad loss,” coach Tyler Dyer said after the game, “but I thought it was good to be in that situation. I thought the kids handled it well. We had some bad turn overs late that might of cost us, but its always good to get in that situation early in the season and learn from it before district. Its a negative because we lost, but positive because its the best we’ve played as a team.”
Van Alstyne will look to bounce back in their first game of the Dodd City Tournament against the Bland Lady Tigers on Thursday, Nov. 30.