Lady Panthers scratch past Henry Co. Lady Cats

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By Sharon Graves

The Lady Panthers pulled off a win in a make-up game last week against the Lady Cats of Henry County on a night when shots wouldn’t fall and rebounding was lackluster.



The final score was 48-39 in the Lady Panthers’ favor, but the game played out much more closely.

Then, in the final period, the Lady Panthers only managed 14 points from the charity stripe.

Head Coach Randy Mefford, frustrated with his team standing around and not cutting sharp, pulled his five starters and put in the reserves in the third period. The reserves held their own against the Lady Cats starting five for three or four minutes before Mefford gave the benched players another shot.

“I take the blame for this game,” Mefford said. “I gave them Saturday and Sunday off, and then we had no school today and they had no focus.”

The Lady Panthers had the Lady Cats down 11-2 in the opening minutes of the game but lost their intensity and focus soon after.

A series of no-calls and questionable calls by the trio of referees sent Mefford onto the floor screaming – to no avail.

The Lady Panthers are undefeated at home, and Mefford said he is tickled his team has locked up the No. 1 seed in the district tournament, which will be played on the home court at Carroll County High School.

Scoring: Hannah Devine scored 10 points; Keshia Henderson 9; Kyndal Curry, 9; Lindsay Wallace, 8; Sarah Osborne, 6; Tasha Hunter, 3; Mercedes Martin, 2; and Marissa Brindley, 1.