Odessa, TX – After having the game postponed a day in observance of Covid-19 protocols, the Lady Panthers picked up a district win by handing Midland High a 33-31 loss at the Permian Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening.
Both teams entered the contest hoping for a win to get back into the thick of the District 2-6A race for 2022. After jumping out to a 13-7 first quarter lead, Permian fought off a late Midland High surge to collect the victory.
Sophomore Kimora Pierce came up with the crucial rebound and basket to seal the win as time expired. It was her lone basket of the game. Jamie Redic led the Lady Panthers with seven points, while E’Jae Miller, Chloe Mosley, and Bailey Wight finished the evening with six points each.
Permian opened the evening with a seven-point run to immediately force the Lady Bulldogs out of any initial game plan en route to a six-point first quarter advantage. Action would simmer in the second frame as hot hands grew cold and the defenses managed the tempo into the intermission. A total of four points was scored in the quarter for Mojo to possess a 16-8 halftime lead.
Midland High utilized an improved offensive attack to slap eight unanswered points on the scoreboard to knot the game at 16-16 midway into the third period. Mojo would recover and regain the lead courtesy a basket by Redic and a pair of free throws from Caytlen Juarez. The Lady Bulldogs still had managed to narrow the deficit to trail by three as the third quarter expired.
The final eight minutes would see an exchange of baskets as each offense produced vital points as the precious minutes peeled off of the clock. The two teams combined for a total of 25 points in the fourth frame as they traded four lead changes. With under 30 second remaining in the quarter, the visiting Bulldogs evened the score at 31-31 with a perimeter three from the top of the key.
Refusing to let the contest get away from them, the Lady Panthers postured for the final scoring attempt. Receiving a pass from Redic, sophomore guard Mosley fired a 15-footer from the left side of the lane that hit the rim and ricocheted. Pierce fought for the offensive board and offered the put back shot that dropped thought the cylinder as the buzzer sounded for the 33-31 Mojo win.
The Lady Panthers will travel to San Angelo on Friday for a date with the Central Lady Cats. The junior varsity will play at 4:30 p.m., while the varsity will follow at 6:00 p.m. Midland Legacy and Central are currently 2-1 in district, with Permian and Odessa High a half a game behind at 2-2.
Fouls: Midland – 13 / Permian – 16
FT’s: Mid – 9 of 15 (60%) / Per – 8 of 16 (50%)
N Arciga 4 3-3 11, S Braudaway 2 3-4 7, A Roseberry 1 3-4 6, M Williams 2 0-0 4, T Taylor 1 0-0 3
J Redic 3 1-2 7, E Miller 1 3-5 6, C Mosley 2 2-4 6, B Wight 3 0-0 6, S Chavez 2 0-0 4, C Juarez 0 2-5 2, K Pierce 1 0-0 2
Midland: 2 (Taylor 1, Roseberry 1)
Permian: 1 (Miller 1)