Following their loss to Campbell, 47-44, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Van Alstyne Lady Panthers had a busy week, bouncing back with hard work and determination. The girls entered into the Dodd City Tourney last weekend, for three days of basketball competition from Thursday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 2.
The girls took home a win the first night of play with a domineering 50-28 victory over Bland on Thursday, Nov. 30 in a neutral tournament game held at 1 p.m. The girls then took home a second win of the day with a 4 p.m. victory over Bonham. The Lady Panthers dominated against the Lady Warriors to win the neutral non-conference game by a 70-22 landslide for an all-around victorious Thursday of play.
The winning streak continued for the Lady Panthers, who picked up another victory on Friday morning, narrowly pulling out the win, 57-56, over Sam Rayburn in another tournament game. The ladies would take their first loss of the tournament several hours later with a 62-46 fall to the Campbell Lady Indians on Friday, Dec. 1, but the loss wouldn’t keep them down for long.
Torrin Riddick scored 13 points in the win over Sam Rayburn while Avery Duncan and Breanna McCaskill each totaled 11 points. In the loss against Campbell, Donald had 10 points, Riddick added nine points and Duncan finished with seven points.
The Lady Panthers bounced back from the loss to claim a victory in the final tournament game with a 47-40 win over Whitewright in neutral non-conference play. This secured the Lady Panthers a respectable third place tournament finish, with the Dodd City girls taking home first place.
Emma Donald scored 14 points as Van Alstyne defeated Whitewright to claim third place at the Dodd City Tournament. Torin Riddick added 12 points and was named to the all-tournament team for Van Alstyne (8-3), while Jy’Rea Johnson led Whitewright with 14 points.
Dodd City Lady Hornet Paige Granstaff scored 31 points as Dodd City took home the win with a victory against Campbell on Saturday, Dec. 2. Abby Weeks added 19 points and Journie Hilliard chipped in nine, to keep Dodd City (12-0) undefeated.
The Van Alstyne girls won’t be resting for long, hitting the court on Tuesday, Dec. 5 for an away game against Whitesboro before entering into the Highway 5 Tournament, beginning on Thursday, Dec. 7 and carrying into the weekend. Their next home game will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12 as the Lady Panthers hope to pick up a win against the Lone Oak Lady Buffaloes. Tip off starts at 6:15 p.m. — be sure to turn-up and cheer the girls on!
Additional reporting from the Herald Democrat sports writers.