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Pantherettes get first District win over Liberty Eylau

(Photo by Bill Higgins) Hannah Igleheart driving against Liberty Eylau on Tuesday night.
(Photo by Bill Higgins)
Hannah Igleheart driving against Liberty Eylau on Tuesday night.

North Lamar Pantherette basketball coach Chris Arledge has what he calls the twenty-four hour rule. Basically his team is supposed to forget the previous game by midnight of game night. This is just what North Lamar did too as they were able to forget the 0-3 start in District play. After losing to Paris High, Pittsburg and Pleasant Grove, the Pantherettes easily took care of the visiting Lady Leopards from Liberty Eylau 49-27.

North Lamar’s defense was relentless all night as they held LE to under 10 points in ever quarter and only four points in the second. The Pantherettes had 17 steals on the night, led by Kylie Halstead and her six steals. Lexie Chancellor finished with four steals herself. Halstead also led the team in rebounding as she pulled in seven. Chancellor’s 15 points led North Lamar, followed by Kylie with nine.

“I thought we played with that defensive intensity for 30 minutes,” Coach Arledge said after the victory. “I thought the first few minutes of the game we were playing hard but I don’t think we were playing to the level that we could play at.”

That intensity showed up in the second quarter. North Lamar held a 16-10 lead with four minutes left to go in the half. From that moment until the end of the third quarter, North Lamar outscored LE 24-9. They caused 17 turnovers during that stretch as well.

“We know our defense is capable of producing those kinds of runs, and it did tonight,” Coach Arledge said.

Same rules apply for wins and for losses so that means even though it was a nice win, they have already forgotten it and moved on to Friday’s contest against Atlanta.

By: Greg Higgins, eParisExtra