The North Lamar Pantherettes have made a habit of getting off to a slow start in district play. Last Friday they only scored four points in the first half on their way to a 49-23 loss at Liberty Eylau.
In Tuesday's 48-35 victory over Pittsburg it was much of the same. North Lamar scored one point in the first quarter and only had nine at half time. Luckily for them, their opponent didn't do much better. Pittsburg only had a 13-9 lead at the break.
"If you can go 1-13 from the free throw line and shoot 10% or less from the field and you're only down by four, that should give you a little confidence in what you're doing." - Coach Brett Harp to his team at halftime.
His team must have gotten the message loud and strong. They came out in the third quarter with a vengeance. North Lamar outscored the Lady Pirates 22-5 to take a commanding 31-18 lead.
Led by Madison Morrison North Lamar found their way to the basket in the quarter. Scoring 14 points in the frame, she was able to weave through the Lady Pirates defense at will.
The offense turned the ball over 14 times in the first half and only once in the 3rd quarter. North Lamar also made five of the eight free throws.
It was a great quarter. It's the type of quarter that you hope will propel them into the rest of district play. North Lamar (1-1) will host Atlanta (2-0) on Friday night.
North Lamar 1 8 22 17 48
Pittsburg 7 6 5 17 35
Madison Morrison - 20 points, 3 rebounds
Sydney Chadwick - 11 points, 3 rebounds
Bailee Nickerson - 9 points, 8 rebounds
McKayla Figuoroa - 3 points, 4 rebounds
Alex Honeywood - 2 points, 4 rebounds
Machaela Smith - 2 points, 1 rebound
Bill Jones - 1 point, 7 rebounds