KAUFMAN — The Lady Panthers would go head-to-head with the Paris Lady Wildcats in their first game of the Kaufman Classic on Thursday, Dec. 28. The Van Alstyne girls would suffer a 34-43 defeat in the competitive matchup.
The first quarter minutes wound down with both teams scoring 13 points, going shot-for-shot throughout the opening quarter. By halftime, the score was tight, 24-23, with both teams taking their shots and executing defensive assignments, helped by the 3-point shooting of Avery Duncan, who sunk 3 out of 8 3-point attempts.
The Lady Panthers would slow down in the second half, only scoring a total of 11 points in the last two quarters of play. This gave Paris the opportunity to expand their lead and ensure a Van Alstyne loss.
Duncan would finish the game with 11 total points. She also played a big part defensively, with three defensive rebounds and three steals for the Lady Panthers.
The Van Alstyne girls were on fire in their second game in the Kaufman Classic on Thursday, Dec. 28. They defeated the Palmer Lady Bulldogs a lot to a little with a, 61-14, final score.
The Lady Panthers would finish the game with 73-pointers hit, four of them coming from the hot shooting of Emma Donald. Defensively the Van Alstyne girls were dominant, snagging 18 defensive rebounds, also grabbing 22 steals from the Palmer offense.
Donald finished the night with 15 total points, while Avery Duncan finished with 11 points and Torin Riddick had 10 points.
The Lady Panthers cruised to a smooth victory in their third game of the Kaufman Classic, beating the Wills Point Lady Tigers, 46-32, on Friday, Dec. 29.
It would be a game about defense more than offense, as the Van Alstyne girls were dominant in almost all facets of their defensive game — getting a total of 19 defensive rebounds, causing 21 turn overs and stealing the rock 21 times from Wills Point, dominating possession throughout the game.
Riddick finished the game with a team leading ten points.
In their closest game yet in the Kaufman Classic the Lady Panthers were able to edge out the Corsicana Lady Tigers, 49-46, on Friday, Dec. 29, for their final game of the tournament.
Avery Duncan was a sharp-shooter from beyond the arch going 3-3 from the three. Emma Donald would be just as effective from the free-throw line — sinking, 7-7. The Lady Panthers would be aggressive at the rim, netting 26 defensive rebounds. They would also have 10 steals and would cause 13 turn overs.
Duncan would finish the night with 14 total points. Donald would follow suit with 10 points of her own.
The trio of victories saw the Lady Panthers taking home the silver bracket.