Wichita Falls, TX – In a long road trip, the Lady Panthers fell behind early and were unable to keep pace with the Lady Raiders in the Rider Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
Rider was able to jump out to a 22-4 first quarter lead behind frequent trips into an uncontested lane. Coupled with several turnovers by Permian, the Lady Raiders sat on a 42-10 halftime advantage. Sara Chavez and Estrella Dominguez provided sparks for the Lady Panthers on defense.
E-Jae Miller recorded a block in the third quarter, but Rider outpowered Permian with a bombardment of fast break and transition baskets. Though not an abundance of fouls were committed by the Lady Panthers, the hosting Raiders cashed in on 90 percent of their free throw opportunities.
The young Panthers struggled with getting buckets to fall. Karen Guzman led Permian with seven points, followed by Miller with six. Attention will need to be made on the below 20 percent made goals as first-year new head coach Keshia Collins and the Lady Panthers will make their home court debut next Tuesday. The non-district tilt against Lubbock Coronado is slated for 6:00 p.m. in the Permian Fieldhouse. Junior Varsity and Freshmen play at 4:30.
A bright spot to the long bus ride came from the earlier game, when the Permian junior varsity defeated Rider 37-28.
K Guzman 7, E Miller 6, S Chavez 4, E Dominguez 4, B Wight 2, B Ellis 2
J Bristow 29, A Knight 19, J White 11, K Flippin 7
3-Pts: PERMIAN – 1 | RIDER – 3
Fouls: PERMIAN – 12 | RIDER – 13