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North Lamar Pantherettes come up just short in District 13-3A basketball play

Coach Arledge and his team during a timeout on Friday night against Pittsburg.
Coach Arledge and his team during a timeout on Friday night against Pittsburg.

The North Lamar Pantherettes came into Friday night’s game with the Pittsburg Lady Pirates seeking their first District 13-3A win on the season. So far the Pantherettes fell to the Paris Lady Cats and to Pleasant Grove. The game was extremely close all night as both teams tried to take control. Unfortunately for the Pantherettes, they came up just short in a 40-39 loss.

The Pantherettes defense was relentless on the night as well. North Lamar caused 32 turnovers, including 20 steals against the Lady Pirates.

“We knew if we came out and executed defensively, it would give us a lot of easy shots and it did,” Coach Chris Arledge said after the game. “We converted some and we didn’t convert others at times that we needed to.”

One of the bright spots for North Lamar was the play from freshman Maddison Morrison. The JV call up came off the bench and scored eight points for North Lamar and had four steals as well.

“We knew if we brought her up she would bring us intensity and she does play defense,” coach Arledge said about the freshman.

With the game sitting at 39-37, the Pantherettes had the ball and a chance to tie the game. Kylie Halstead had a wide open shot from about 17 feet out. The North Lamar gym erupted as the ball started to sink into the basket. Unfortunately, as sometimes it does, the ball decided to take a different direction and bounced around the inside and on top of the rim before eventually falling off the side.

After the game, Arledge told his team the same thing he’s told them all year long: “Take it one day at a time and we’ll come back on Monday and work hard.”

North Lamar will host Liberty Eylau on Tuesday night at approximately 6:00 pm.

By Greg Higgins, eParisExtra

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