Pantherettes escape Pattonville with 36-34 OT win
In a matchup between two of Lamar County’s top girls high school basketball teams, the Prairiland Lady Patriots and North Lamar Pantherettes clashed in Pattonville on Tuesday night. The game required overtime to reach its resolution and, in the end, the Pantherettes emerged victorious by a final score of 36-34.
The Pantherettes (9-1) have now lost only one of their first 10 games, thanks largely in part to clutch heroics from sophomore guard Maddie Walters. The Pantherettes star player got North Lamar into overtime tied 25-all with Prairiland after hitting the game-tying shot in the fourth quarter. Walters also scored the decisive game-winning layup at the end of overtime to propel the Pantherettes past Prairiland.
The win did not come without struggles, though, as Prairiland presented a formidable challenge. With North Lamar honed in on physical senior post Hannah Murdock, other Lady Patriots were forced to step up. Murdock saw two or three Pantherette defenders crowding her the majority of the contest, so junior Ali Sessums took her game to the next level.
Sessums tossed in a flurry of layups and jumpers to set the offensive pace of the game to the tune of a game-high, 16-point performance. In the end, though, the Pantherettes got contributions across the board on both ends of the court to secure the narrow victory.
Walters scored a team-high 9 points, while Cydnie Malone chipped in with 7 points. Juniors Mylee Nottingham and Hutton Pointer scored 6 points apiece, while Lauren Dority had 5 points. Macy Richardson chipped in with 3 points and solid perimeter defense. Sessums’ 16 points led the Lady Pats.
The Pantherettes will play again at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Rivercrest. Meanwhile, the Lady Patriots aim to bounce back at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Leonard. For more sports coverage, click here.