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Pantherettes Easily Take Down Lady Cats

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photo by Joe Watson) Abbie Fischer driving in for a layup against Paris High. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Abbie Fischer driving in for a layup against Paris High. 

The last time these two teams met, it took a desperation shot at the buzzer for North Lamar to walk away with the victory. On Monday night, it was a completely different game as North Lamar easily took care of Paris 72-39.

It started early for North Lamar, too. Trailing 6-2 early in the first quarter, the Pantherettes went on a 19-4 run to close out the quarter. They never looked back.

Led by senior Madison Morrison, North Lamar started their run on the defensive side of the ball. The Pantherettes had 20 steals in the game, including eight from Morrison. This led to some easy transition buckets in the first half.

"It's the first time all year that we've put together a complete four quarters of basketball." - coach Harp said after the game.

With the win, North Lamar clinches a playoff berth as they are now 6-2 in district play. The Pantherettes will host Atlanta on Friday at 6 pm. A win over the Lady Rabbits and North Lamar will clinch second place in the district.

North Lamar    21     26     10     15     72

Paris                10      12      8       9     39

Madison Morrison 32 points, 5 rebounds, 8 steals

Sydnee Prunty 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Bailee Nickerson 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals

McKayla Figueroa 5 points, 1 rebound

Summer Andrews 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Abbie Fischer 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Taylor Drennen 4 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals

Katee Garrett 2 points


Pantherettes Hang on to Second Place in District with Victory Over LE

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photo by Joe Watson) Emma Stewart taking a shot against LE on Friday night. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Emma Stewart taking a shot against LE on Friday night. 

The Pantherettes, thanks to a 58-48 victory over Liberty Eylau, put themselves in a great position as they march towards the postseason. North Lamar used a 22-7 run to defeat the visitors from Texarkana.

After only scoring five points in the first quarter, North Lamar rattled off 22 in the second including 12 in a row to end the half. With the game tied at 15, Bailee Nickerson and Madison Morrison fueled the run for North Lamar.

With a 12 point lead, the Pantherettes were able to battle back and forth the rest of the game for the victory. Pantherettes were led in scoring by Madison with 16, while Bailee had 10 rebounds to lead the team. North Lamar will be at home Monday night as they host Paris High.

Madison Morrison - 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 block

Bailee Nickerson - 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals

Summer Andrews - 7 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal

Sydnee Prunty - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Emma Stewart - 4 points, 2 rebounds

McKayla Figueroa - 3 points, 1 steal


Pantherettes Move to 4-1 in District with Win Over Pittsburg

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photog by Joe Watson: Bailee Nickerson driving to the goal in a game earlier this year.  

(Photog by Joe Watson: Bailee Nickerson driving to the goal in a game earlier this year.  

It wasn't the greatest way to get a win on Friday night but Coach Harp will take it. North Lamar welcomed Pittsburg to town. A team that has not won a district game in four tries. North Lamar didn't want to be the first team they defeat.

It took all four quarters but the Pantherettes were able to come away with a 51-47 victory over the Lady Pirates. Pittsburg led for most of the game. It wasn't until midway through the fourth quarter that the tide really started turning for North Lamar.

Trailing 44-38, the Pantherettes turned up the defensive intensity. On five straight possessions, North Lamar forced Pittsburg to turn the ball over. Four of those turnovers were steals by the Pantherettes, including two by Madison Morrison. Madison led the team with five steals in the game. Just like that the game was tied at 44.

North Lamar would finish the quarter on a 13-3 run to cap off the victory. There are some positive things to take away from the game as well. North Lamar shot the ball better than they have in most games. They shot 42% for the game. They grabbed 27 rebounds, including 11 offensive rebounds. Then there were the steals. North Lamar grabbed 15 of them against the Lady Pirates. North Lamar finishes the first half of district 4-1 and will start the second half in Pleasant Grove on Tuesday night.

North Lamar  11     11     10     19     51

Pittsburg        7     18    10     12     47

Madison Morrison 20 points, 2 rebounds, 5 steals

Bailee Nickerson 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

McKayla Figueroa 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Summer Andrews 6 points, 2 rebounds

Abbie Fischer 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Sydnee Prunty 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Emma Stewart 2 rebounds

Katee Garrett 2 rebounds

Taylor Drennen 3 rebounds, 1 steal


District Standings

Pleasant Grove 5-0

North Lamar 4-1

Liberty Eylau 3-2

Atlanta 2-3

Paris 1-4

Pittsburg 0-5


North Lamar Defeats Paris on Madison Morrison's Buzzer-Beater

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photo by Joe Watson) Madison Morrison going in for a layup against Paris High. 

(Photo by Joe Watson) Madison Morrison going in for a layup against Paris High. 

It's a game that will be talked about for quite a while. With both teams coming in with a 1-1 district record, the North Lamar Pantherettes and the Paris Lady Cats knew this could be a pivotal game in the season.

In the end, it was the North Lamar Pantherettes that walked away with a 56-54 victory thanks to a buzzer-beating three pointer by Madison Morrison. The shot wasn't without controversy, though. North Lamar had the ball with .5 seconds left in the ball game.

By rule, you only need .3 seconds for a catch and shoot. So, the .5 was plenty of time. The controversy came in because the clock never was started on the play. North Lamar inbounded the ball from half court. Madison came off of a screen and caught the ball 28 feet from the basket. She turned and fired. The ball hit the backboard and fell through the net.

"With .5 seconds, you know it has to be a catch and shoot. We ran Madison to set a back screen hoping the defense would shift and then rub her off of her post player to get the ball for a catch and shoot. That's all we had time for. Luckily it went in." - Coach Brett Harp

The North Lamar crowd erupted. Paris fans were stunned. The three officials for the game convened in front of the scoring table to discuss what just happened. After several minutes, they came back and ruled that the bucket counted and the game was over. North Lamar had won.

For North Lamar, though, it shouldn't have come down to the heroics. The Pantherettes enjoyed multiple double-digit leads in the game only to see them evaporate. After leading by 11 points in the second quarter, Paris came storming back to tie the game at 26 going into the half.

North Lamar came out in the third quarter strong, though. They jumped out to another double-digit lead early in the fourth. Paris, however, erased it as well and took a six point lead with less than three minutes to play in the game.

The Pantherettes would battle back this time. Down by two with less than ten seconds left, Madison Morrison drove to the basket and missed a layup. She grabbed her own rebound and quickly called a timeout. North Lamar had the ball with 2.4 seconds left.

Madison inbounded the ball to Abbie Fischer. Fischer went up for a shot and was fouled by Paris. Paris not liking the call, slammed the ball down and got a technical foul called as well. With .5 seconds left, North Lamar would have four free throws to try and take the lead. They missed all but one of them. That set up Madison's heroic game-winning shot.

North Lamar is now 2-1 in district and will be on the road at Atlanta Tuesday night. Their next home game will be Friday when they host Pittsburg.


North Lamar   13      13      15      15      56

Paris                5       21       6      22     54

Madison Morrison 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals

Bailee Nickerson 9 points, 6 rebounds

McKayla Figueroa 8 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals

Sydnee Prunty 7 points, 9 rebounds, 1 bock

Summer Andrews 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Abbi Fischer 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Emma Stewart 2 points, 1 steal


Pantherettes Falls Short in District Opener

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 Photo by Joe Watson: Madison Morrison going in for a layup against Pleasant Grove

Photo by Joe Watson: Madison Morrison going in for a layup against Pleasant Grove

 "You can't win a game in one quarter, but you can sure lose it." - Brett Harp

Those words echoed out of Coach Harp's mouth after his team fell in their district opener 55-42 at home against Pleasant Grove. The quarter he was referring to was the first quarter. North Lamar only managed two points in the quarter as Pleasant Grove used a full court press to jump out to an 18-2 lead.

The Pantherettes committed 18 turnovers in the first half due to the full court press. The Lady Hawks were relentless around the ball. Something clicked in the third quarter, though.

Trailing 25-13 at half, the Pantherettes would actually take a lead in the third quarter. It came on the last play of the quarter as Madison Morrison made a layup as the horn sounded. It capped off a 21-8 quarter by North Lamar.

Defensively McKenzie Mitchell helped fuel the comeback for North Lamar. She only scored two points, but she grabbed nine rebounds and had two steals as well for North Lamar.

Unfortunately for the Pantherettes, though, Pleasant Grove went back to the press in the fourth quarter. North Lamar, once again, had trouble with it. Pleasant Grove used the press to fuel their own run to end the game. North Lamar is now 0-1 in district and will play at Liberty Eylau on Tuesday night.

North Lamar          2    11    21     8       42

Pleasant Grove     18    7     8     22      55

Bailee Nickerson - 18 points, 7 rebounds,

Madison Morrison - 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals

Sydnee Prunty - 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block

Emma Stewart - 4 points, 1 rebound

McKayla Figueroa - 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 steals

McKenzie Mitchell - 2 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals

Summer Andrews - 2 points, 8 rebounds,


Pantherettes Come Up Just Short at AAC

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 Madison Morrison dribbling the ball up the court for North Lamar

Madison Morrison dribbling the ball up the court for North Lamar

Say what you want about how young the North Lamar Pantherette varsity team is, but when the game was on the line against Melissa it was the seniors that took over. Playing at the American Airlines Center Monday afternoon, North Lamar fell 42-40 in overtime.

Trailing by five after three quarter, Bailee Nickerson took the game into her own hands. After Madison Morrison hit two three pointers to open up the fourth quarter, Nickerson would score the next nine points for North Lamar, including the game tying layup at the end of regulation.

Leading 37-36 late in the quarter, Melissa went to the line for a one-and-one opportunity. They would knock down the first and miss the second. Nickerson would grab the rebound and travel the length of the court. with just under two seconds showing on the clock, Bailee would lay the ball in to tie the game.

Due to time constraints, the overtime was a running clock. Nickerson would hit two free throws in the period but that's all North Lamar would manage as they fell to Melissa.

The Pantherettes started off strong as they outscored the Lady Cardinals 11-4 in the first quarter. The North Lamar offense would struggle the next two quarters, however, as they would be outscored 24-12. That would set up the dramatic fourth quarter comeback.

Madison led the way with 18 points, while Nickerson finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the team. She also led the team with four steals. North Lamar will face Idabel on the road Friday night.


First Quarter Woes Doom Pantherettes against Honey Grove

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photo by Amber Clark) McKayla Figueroa going up for a shot against Honey Grove

(Photo by Amber Clark) McKayla Figueroa going up for a shot against Honey Grove

It wasn't the hope start that coach Harp wanted from his team, but its the start that he got. The North Lamar Pantherettes couldn't buy a bucket in the first half against Honey Grove in their 44-25 loss.

North Lamar managed only two points in the first quarter and failed to reach double-digits in any of the four quarters. After the game was tied 2-2, the Pantherettes were out scored 15-0 to close out the quarter.

The North Lamar defense had a great second half, holding Honey Grove to only 14 points, however, they only scored 14 themselves on offense. Madison Morrison led the team with nine points. Both Summer Andrews and Bailee Nickerson finished with seven points, while McKayla Figueroa chipped in two.

McKenzie Mitchell led the team with five rebounds off the bench. Morrison led the team with five steals. North Lamar will be in the Edgewood tournament beginning Thursday.

Stone Girls Basketball results against Pittsburg

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins

Stone Middle School 7 and 8 grade girls basketball swept Pittsburg on Monday, December 5.  Coach Jackie Sue High reported the following results:

7th Gold won 19-3

Offensive Player - Chelsea Evans

Defensive Player - Alexis Jones

Scorers for NL:

Chelsea Evans - 5

Alexxis Mayes - 4

Brianna Thompson - 2

Sloan Hill - 2

Emeri Watson - 2

Faith Taylor - 2

Ashlyn Miears - 2

8th Gold won 10-1

Offensive Player - Zoie Hurst/Emma Fowler

Defensive Player - McKayla Winton

Scorers for NL:

Zoie Hurst - 4

Emma Fowler - 4

Jaycie Hall - 2

7th Blue won 7-4

Offensive Player- Callie Jumper/Bridgitte Collard

Defensive Player - Hutton Pointer

Scorers for NL:

Callie Jumper - 2

Bridgitte Collard - 2

Kate Rainey - 2

Mylee Nottingham - 1

8th Blue won 21-18

Offensive Player - Chloe Prestridge

Defensive Player - McKenzie Dickson

Scorers for NL:

Chloe Prestridge - 6

Hannah Crosswhite - 5

Macy Richardson - 5

Emma Doyal - 3

Abby Neilson - 1

Noel Rainey - 1

Seniors Honored One More Time in Playoff Loss

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 Photo by Beverly White

Photo by Beverly White

"They're the most committed and dedicated group of seniors I've ever seen." - Brett Harp

With 40 seconds left to play in the game, coach Harp made sure his five seniors were in the ball game. Alex Honeywood, Michaela Smith, Sierra Rice, Sydney Chadwick and Bill Jones stood on the court together for the last time. It wasn't the way they wanted their high school basketball career to end as the Pantherettes fell to Gilmer 65-39.

It was a gesture of gratitude, though, by coach Harp to the senior class. It was his way of saying thank you. Coach Harp, in his first season, was embraced by these five seniors as he tried to implement new schemes. A team that had lost the defensive ability of Lexie Stephens a year ago and the ball handling ability of Kylie Halstead was still trying to find its identity at the beginning of district.

Led by Bill and her leadership this group of seniors set an example. Even when the team looked dead in the water at 2-3 in district and had just gotten blown out by Pleasant Grove in Texarkanna. This team still believed. The rest of the team took on the characteristics of the seniors and fought their way to a five game winning streak and a 7-3 district finish.

"We had to figure out who we were later on in the season. We switched defenses and adjusted our offense. Doing that mid-season is kind of tough, but you have to find out what works for you." - Coach Harp

Stepping out of his comfort zone, coach Harp made some changes and implemented some things that clicked with the team. The defense was giving up 10 fewer points a game in the second half of district while the offense scored 10 more points per game.

Sierra and Bill owned the paint as well. Both girls cleared the way for their teammates to grab the rebounds. Smith and Chadwick hit timely shots and Honeywood brought energy off the bench for North Lamar.

Tuesday's playoff game didn't end as they wanted to as Gilmer pressed and pressed all night long. The Pantherettes struggled moving the ball up the floor. They committed far too many turnovers and didn't make enough baskets. In the end the Pantherettes walked off the floor having lost the game.

The five players that started this journey together so long ago were the same five players on the court at the final horn. In the end they hugged and embraced each other knowing it was over. The 2015-2016 season will be remembered by this journalist for one reason: this team never gave up. Even when their backs were against the wall and they were 2-3 in district. Even when they were down by nearly 30 in a playoff game.

This team never quit and never stopped trying. That, in part, is thanks to the five seniors that stood on the court at the final horn. Thank you North Lamar for another fabulous season.

Gilmer                  25      14       20      6       65

North Lamar       8        13         9      9       39

Bailee Nickerson - 13 points, 8 rebounds
Bill Jones - 7 points, 6 rebounds
Sierra Rice - 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks
Madison Morrison - 5 points, 4 rebounds
Sydnee Prunty - 4 points, 2 rebounds
Alex Honeywood - 2 points
Sydney Chadwick - 2 points, 1 rebound
McKayla Figueroa - 1 block


North Lamar Finishes Season with Fifth Straight Win

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photo by Amber Clark) Madison Morrison driving to the lane against PG

(Photo by Amber Clark) Madison Morrison driving to the lane against PG

The first time the North Lamar Pantherettes took the court against Pleasant Grove, the Lady Hawks knocked down six three point baskets in the first quarter on their way to a 72-50 win. On Tuesday night, they only hit one in the opening quarter. This time, the Pantherettes secured the victory with a 61-52 final score on senior night.

The Pantherettes started off strong as they jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead in the first quarter. Pleasant Grove would come storming back, however, as they went on a 13-2 run themselves to take a 15-13 lead. The two teams would battle back and forth for the rest of the half.

With the game tied at 21 coming out of the break, Madison Morrison took over for the Pantherettes. Morrison scored 21 of her game-high 26 points in the second half. North Lamar would knock down five from beyond the arc in the third quarter to give Pleasant Grove a taste of their own medicine. Madison had two as did Bailee Nickerson. The other one came from Sydnee Prunty.

North Lamar would pull away even further in the fourth quarter thanks to making their free throws. North Lamar shot 10 free throws in the fourth and made seven of them. Pleasant Grove tried making a comeback but ran out of time as North Lamar kept hitting shots. Bill Jones had several layups for the Pantherettes in the fourth that helped secure the victory.

With the win, North Lamar tied Pleasant Grove with a 7-3 district record. That tie was for second place. However, the teams flipped a coin to decide the exact playoff seeding. North Lamar lost the coin flip and will be the third place team in district. The win was alsot he fifth straight for North Lamar.

"It all boils down to confidence and getting the confidence where it needs to be. After we saw everyone in the first half [of district], reality set in and we realized we can play with these people." - Brett Harp

North Lamar           13      8      22      18      61

Pleasant Grove       9     12      16      15      52

Madison Morrison - 26 points, 10 rebounds
Bailee Nickeson - 15 points, 10 rebounds
Bill Jones - 7 points, 5 rebounds
Sierra Rice - 4 points, 6 rebounds
Sydnee Prunty - 4 points, 2 rebounds
Michaela Smith - 3 points, 1 rebound Sydney Chadwick - 2 points, 2 rebounds

Pantherettes Survive Against Paris

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 (Photo by Beverly White) Bill Jones with a layup during the Pantherettes victory at Paris. 

(Photo by Beverly White) Bill Jones with a layup during the Pantherettes victory at Paris. 

It had everything you could want in a rivalry-type game. In the end, though, it was a Bill Jones layup at the buzzer that gave the Pantherettes a 51-49 victory.

Both teams battled back and forth most of the game. The first half ended in a 21-21 tie. It was the third quarter in which North Lamar really took over the game. The Pantherettes out scored Paris High 21-11 in the quarter, capped off by the birthday girl Mckayla Figueroa laying in a basket at the buzzer.

With the game seemingly in hand for North Lamar, Paris High dominated the fourth quarter. The Lady Cats went on a 12-0 run to start the quarter and take a 44-42 lead over the visiting Pantherettes. From there, the game was back and forth once again. Neither team able to get out to a comfortable lead.

With less than a minute to play and North Lamar trailing by two points, junior Madison Morrison went to the free throw line and calmly sank both shots to tie the game at 49. Paris, with the ball, had jump shot fall short with 10 seconds to play. Jones secured the rebound for North Lamar, as they quickly got it up court and called a time out.

With under four seconds to play in the game, North Lamar called Bill's number.

"Coach called a timeout and said the ball was coming to me." - Bill Jones

The reason he knew this was because he had a feeling they were going to double team Madison, which they did. The ball was thrown into Bill, however Paris was able to deflect the ball. What happened next was Michaela Smith grabbed the ball and immediately passed the ball back down to Bill. Bill turned around and layer the ball in off the glass as the horn sounded.

"Michaela Smith had an awesome play to get me the ball quickly. I new I only had a few seconds so I tried getting it off as quickly as I could." - Bill Jones

As the ball went through the basket, the visiting crowd erupted in jubilation. The visiting crowd watched in stunned disbelief. The Lady Cats were that close to securing their first district win of the season, but instead, they walked away in defeat.

"Coming in here we knew it was going to be a tough game. Paris played better than they did last time and they've been playing a lot better, so I commend them for that." - Brett Harp

The victory is the fourth straight for the Pantherettes, who move to 6-3 in district. A pretty nice record considering the way District started for this team.

"One of the sayings we have for this year is PUSH. PUSH stands for Persist Until Something Happens." - Brett Harp

It wasn't necessarily the prettiest game, though. Both teams combined for 82 free throw attempts, only making 45. There were 19 three pointers attempted with only one made. In the end, though, North Lamar got the much-needed victory.

The Pantherettes will host Pleasant Grove Tuesday night in the final district game of the season.

North Lamar     11     10     21     9      51

Paris High        10     11      11     17     49


Madison Morrison - 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
Bill Jones - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
Sydney Chadwick - 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
Sierra Rice - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Bailee Nickerson - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Michaela Smith - 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Mckayla Figueroa - 4 points
Sydnee Prunty - 1 point, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Alex Honeywood - 2 rebounds


Stone Basketball Results vs. Liberty Eylau

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins

7th Gold won 13 - 12

Scorers for NL

Abigail Brummett - 4

Elizabeth Hay - 4

Abigail Young - 2

Zoie Hurst - 2

Emma Fowler - 1

Defensive effort - Abigail Young



7th Blue lost 11- 28

Scorers for NL were

Hannah Crosswhite - 3

Macy Richardson - 2

Mackenzie Dickson - 2


Chloe Prestridge - 2


Noel Rainey - 2

Defensive effort - Noel Rainey



8th Blue won 47 - 32

Scorers for NL

Ashlyn Reavis - 11


Lexi Brown - 6


Chloe Chaix - 6

Sophia Johnson - 5

Reyna Hildreth - 5

Kenley Coston - 4

Chloe Miller - 4

Macie Pointer - 2

Tatum Rekieta - 2

Misty Stephens - 2

Defensive effort - Jaycie Proctor

Pantherettes WinThird in a Row

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 (By Beverly White) McKayla Figueroa  

(By Beverly White) McKayla Figueroa  

After starting the first half of district play with a 2-3 record the North Lamar Pantherettes find themselves with a 5-3 record with two games left. This, in part, thanks to a 54-46 win at Atlanta. This is the second team that defeated North Lamar during the first half of district only to lose the second time around. The other being Liberty Eylau.

North Lamar had four players with at least 10 points and one player, Bailee Nickerson finished with double digit rebounds as well. The Pantherettes will finish their three game road trip against Paris High Friday night. They will, then, conclude the season next Tuesday at home against Pleasant Grove.

Madison Morrison - 12 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists
Bailee Nickerson - 11 points, 11 rebounds
Sierra Rice - 10 points, 6 rebounds
McKayla Figueroa - 10 points
Bill Jones - 5 points, 7 rebounds
Michaela Smith - 5 points
Sydney Chadwick - 1 point

Pantherettes Survive in Pittsburg

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 (Photo by Bev. White) 

(Photo by Bev. White) 

For the first time during district the North Lamar Pantherettes have won two games in a row and have a winning record because of it (3-4). North Lamar upended Pittsburg on the road 44-40.

North Lamar trailed 22-15 at the half but their defense only allowed the Lady Pirates to score seven points in the fourth quarter. North Lamar will be on the road Tuesday night as they take on Atlanta.

North Lamar     12     3     15     14     44

Pittsburg           11     11     11      7      40

Madison Morrison - 19 points
Baillee Nickerson - 9 points
Bill Jones - 7 points
Sydney Chadwick - 5 points
Michaela Smith - 2 points
Sierra Rice - 2 points*

Pantherettes Put Together a Complete Game against Liberty Eylau

Greg Higgins

For one of the first times all year, the North Lamar Pantherettes put together a complete game as they beat Liberty Eylau 52-33. This was much different than the 49-23 loss North Lamar suffered earlier at Liberty Eylau. It was a game in which the Pantherettes only managed four points in the first half of the game.

"We start the second half of district against a 5-0 team and there's no pressuer on us. All the pressure is on LE." - Coach Brett Harp

This game, however, opened with Bill Jones knocking down a three for North Lamar. Madison Morrison would add another three in the quarter on her way to 10 first quarter points.

The story of the game, though, was the dominance of the Pantherettes on the boards and the ability of them to move without the ball. Bailee Nickerson found herself wide open under the goal because of her movement. She scored a team-high 18 points for North Lamar, with most of those coming under the basket.

"B. Nick moves well anyways and she slashes and gets to the goal alot. She's pretty good at doing it and we did a good job of seeing her cuts tonight." - Coach Harp

With the win, North Lamar improves to 3-3 in district and will be on the road for the next three games starting at Pittsburg Tuesday night.

North Lamar    17      8      15     12     52

Liberty Eylau   12     5        8      10    33

Bailee Nickerson - 18 points, 10 rebounds
Madison Morrison - 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block
Bill Jones - 7 points, 14 rebounds
Sydnee Prunty - 5 points, 4 rebounds
Sierra Rice - 4 points, 3 rebounds
Michaela Smith - 2 points, 3 rebounds
Alex Honeywood - 3 rebounds

Stone Middle School Results against Pittsburg

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7th Blue won 37-5

Scorers for NL were

Hannah Crosswhite - 10

Abby Neilson -9

Macy Richardson - 5

Ashley Trenchard - 5

Emma Doyal - 2

Maggi Burton - 2

Mackenzie Dickson -2


Chloe Prestridge - 2


Defensive effort - Noel Rainey and Jaycie Hall



8th Gold won 14 - 9

Scorers for NL were

Misty Stephens - 4

Kaylynn McKitrick - 4

Reyna Hildreth - 2

Haily Jones - 2

Avery Gurley -2

Defensive effort - Melody Edwards and Celina Cervantes


8th Blue won 47 - 12

Scorers for NL

Lexi Brown - 17

Chloe Miller - 12

Ashlyn Reavis - 7

Sophia Johnson - 5

Tatum Rekieta - 3

Macie Pointer - 2

Chloe Chaix - 1

 Defensive effort - Jaycie Proctor andChloe Chaix




Stone 8th Girls Paris Tournament Champs

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Stone 8th Girls Basketball

Paris Tournament Champs

Front row, left to right, Lexi Brown, Ashlyn Reavis, Jaycie Proctor and Misty Stephens; back row, Coach Lindsey Blackshear, Sophia Johnson, Reyna Hildreth, Chloe Miller, Macie Pointer and Coach Cherie Murdock

Stone 7th Girls Basketball

Paris Tournament 3rd Place

Front row, left to right, Emma Doyal, Macy Richardson and Abby Neilson; back row, McKenzie Dickson, Chloe Prestridge, Hannah Gibbons, Ashley Trenchard, Hannah Crosswhite and Noel Rainey

Pantherettes Stumble in Pleasant Grove

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins

This time it wasn't that the North Lamar Pantherettes started poorly. It's just the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks started better. Pleasant Grove hit six three pointers in the first quarter on their way to a 72-50 district win.

With about a minute left in the first, North Lamar trailed 22-16. They would, then, go on a 19-6 run to close out the half with a 41-22 lead. The Pantherettes have had some great runs in the second half, but they couldn't overcome the 19 point deficit and would eventually lose by 22.

North Lamar finished the first half of district play with a 2-3 record and will be home Tuesday to host Liberty Eylau.

Pleasant Grove      27     14     21     10     72

North Lamar          16       6      12     16     50

Madison Morrison - 18 points
Bailee Nickerson - 14 points
Bill Jones - 10 points
Sierra Rice - 4 points
Sydnee Prunty - 2 points
Alex Honeywood - 2 points

North Lamar Dominant in Win Over Paris High

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 (Photo by Beverly White) Bill Jones (33) and Dextiny Patrick (32) with a jump ball to begin Monday Night's game.

(Photo by Beverly White) Bill Jones (33) and Dextiny Patrick (32) with a jump ball to begin Monday Night's game.

The North Lamar Pantherettes have struggled scoring early in ball games during district. Coming into their matchup with Paris High, the Pantherettes had scored 23 points combined in the first half. If they wanted to change those fortunes, Monday was a good place to start.

North Lamar and Paris traded baskets for much of the first quarter and Paris held a 10-8 lead nearing the end. Alex Honeywood, however, hit a three pointer as time expired to give the Pantherettes a one point lead going into the second.

From that point forward the defense of North Lamar clamped down as Paris would only score 15 points the rest of the game. North Lamar would score 38 on their way to a 49-25 victory. Not only did Paris only score 15 points, they only scored one field goal in the second half.

One thing North Lamar did better then they have is moving the ball. North Lamar moved the ball efficiently to get the ball to the open player on the court. Once that happened, the open player was hitting down the shots more times than not. Players like Michaela Smith who knocked down three from behind the arc for North Lamar.

"We've been working on our ball movement a little more. Today in practice we talked about how to get the ball in places...we've really tried working on getting the ball where it's supposed to go." - Brett Harp on his team's ball movement.

Another thing that's hurt the Pantherettes was early foul trouble. That wasn't the case Monday night as they played a very clean game on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

With the win, North Lamar moves to 2-2 in district and will finish off the first half of district on the road Friday at Pleasant Grove.

North Lamar    11     11     17     10     49

Paris High        10     6      7      2      25

Madison Morrison - 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals
Michaela Smith - 10 points, 2 rebounds
Sydnee Prunty - 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Sierra Rice - 4 points, 5 rebounds
Bill Jones - 4 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
McKayla Figueroa - 3 points
Alex Honeywood - 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Bailee Nickerson - 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Sydney Chadwick - 3 points, 1 rebounds, 1 steal

Another Slow Start Dooms Pantherettes

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
 North Lamar talking during a timeout.  

North Lamar talking during a timeout.  

The North Lamar Pantherettes have been outscored 65-23 in the first half of their three district games. They have outscored their opponents 88-67 in the second half of those games. This includes the 48-41 loss to Atlanta Friday night.

Once again the Pantherettes struggled early in the game, being held to 10 first half points. North Lamar struggled breaking the press early. North Lamar finished with 14 turnovers at the break. J. Farmer of Atlanta had 21 of her game high 32 points in the first half. Nothing went right for the home team.

Flip the page to the second half, though, and it's a different story. North Lamar came out on fire and they looked like a different team. Players like McKayla Figueroa, Madison Morrison and Bailee Nickerson helped bring a spark to the North Lamar team.

Morrison scored 19 of her 21 points in the second frame, including 12 in the fourth quarter. It wasn't enough to help the Pantherettes overcome a 19 point halftime deficit.

With the loss North Lamar now falls to 1-2 in district. They will how the Paris Lady Cats Monday night.

Madison Morrison - 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Bailee Nickerson - 14 points, 9 rebounds
Machaela Smith - 2 points
Sierra Rice - 2 points, 4 rebounds
Bill Jones - 2 points, 6 rebounds
McKayla Figueroa - 4 rebounds
Hylan Gabeline - 4 rebounds Alex Honeywoos - 1 rebound
Sydnee Prunty - 2 rebounds, 1 block
Sydney Chadwick k - 1 rebound