The Pantherettes defense only allowed four point in the second quarter and zero points in the third on their way to a 40-35 win in their home opener against Gunter. The defense held Gunter to 23% shooting on 11 of 47 while causing 20 turnovers in the game.
North Lamar opened up the game on a 7-0 run only to watch their opposition finish the first on a 14-0 run. The Pantherettes battled back to tie the game at 18 at the break.
"The subs came in and did a great job getting us caught up in the second quarter," head coach Brett Harp said after the game. "We had a really good third quarter defensively."
Really good might be an understatement. Gunter was 0-9 in the third quarter and had one of their shots blocked by Sierra Rice. North Lamar would take a 26-18 lead into the final quarter. Gunter tried making a comeback but every rally attempt was thwarted by North Lamar.
"Defensively we've got to be better," coach Harp said. "We are 3-0, though. I am proud of the team for that."
North Lamar 7 11 8 14 40
Gunter 14 4 0 17 35
Bailee Nickerson - 8 points, 7 rebounds
Bill Jones - 8 points, 8 rebounds
Madison Morrison - 6 points, 2 rebounds
Sydnee Prunty - 4 points, 4 rebounds
Sydney Chadwick - 4 points, 4 rebounds
Sierra Rice - 3 points, 1 rebound
Katie Kilcrease - 3 points, 1 rebound
Michaela Smith - 2 points, 2 rebounds