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Pantherettes Defeat Spring Hill in Bi-District Matchup

Girls BasketballGreg Higgins
(Photo by Adam Routon) Lexie Stephens with a steal against Spring Hill

(Photo by Adam Routon) Lexie Stephens with a steal against Spring Hill

The North Lamar Pantherettes suffered their first loss in district last Tuesday at Pleasant Grove. It didn't effect the outcome of the district standings, but it could have had a negative effect going into the playoffs. North Lamar finished with a 9-1 record in Distrcit 15-4A and claimed the top seed. Having the top seed meant playing the fourth place team in District 16-4A Spring Hill.

After Bailey Exum knocked down a three-pointer to open the game, Spring Hill scored six straight points to take a 6-3 lead. However, led by a tenacious defense North Lamar scored 12 straight points.

After the second quarter started off favorably for Sprig Hill, North Lamar went on a 11-0 run to end the half. Aaryn Honeywood, Kylie Halstead, Lexie Stephens and Bailee Nickerson led the way on the defensive end.

As the four of them were causing turnovers, it was the sophomore Madison Morrison that took over offensively. Morrison led North Lamar with 16 points. After the Pantherettes opened up a double-digit lead during the second quarter, Spring Hill was forced to play catchup the rest of the way. It proved to much as North Lamar was able to hold on in the second half for the 47-38 victory.

The Pantherettes move on to the Area round of the playoffs and will face Canton on Friday night in Sulphur Springs. Tipoff is set for 7:00 pm.

North Lamar     15      13      11      8     47  
Spring Hill         8       8       9     12     38

Stats:
Madison Morrison 16 points
Kylie Halstead 9 points; 6 rebounds
Lexie Stephens 5 points; 4 steals
Bailey Exum 3 points
Bailey Jones 5 points
Bailee Nickerson 4 points; 5 rebounds; 3 steals
Sydney Chadwick 3 points
Aaryn Honeywood 4 points; 5 rebounds