After losing the district opener to tenth-ranked Princeton, the North Lamar Pantherettes were looking for a jump start to their district run. Their opponent Thursday night, Bonham, had opened district with a loss to Paris the previous week, so both teams were looking for their first district win. What is being called winter storm Sparta made it’s presence known with a temperature of 35 degrees at the start of the match.
North Lamar did not take long to warm things up, however, as Madison Morrison made the first goal in the 13th minute of play with the assist going to Peyton Fleming. Morrison joined the team after the end of the Pantherettes’ basketball playoff run, as did Katie Kilcrease. Seven minutes later, Karlee Alexander placed the ball in goal to give North Lamar a 2-0 lead that they carried into halftime.
The Pantherettes played very strong defensively in the first half, shutting out Bonham. The defensive effort only improved in the second half with most of the action taking place on the opponent’s side of the field. With 24:44 left in the match, Alexander picked up her second goal of the night giving the Pantherettes a 3-0 lead. This ignited an explosion of offense for the NL girls that continued for the remainder of the game. Thirty-one seconds later, Karlie Ewell scored extending the lead to 4-0.
While Coach Kirk made multiple substitutions, NL continued to dominate the field. With 13:51 left on the clock Morrison added her second goal of the night. With a 5-0 lead, Megan Baker put the ball in goal with about ten minutes on the clock. Kilcrease closed out the night with a goal at the 1:10 mark that provided the final score of 7-0.
After the victory Coach Kirk commented, “We finally got a full squad out (getting the basketball girls). This was a good, solid team effort that we need to make sure we bring over for Saturday!”
With the shutout, North Lamar moves to 1-1 in district play. They will face Paris (1-1) on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm, weather permitting.