Lady Panthers fall to Argyle in state semifinal

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By Lauren Jette

SAN ANTONIO — The Lady Panthers had no answer for Argyle in a 43-32 loss in the UIL state semifinal on Friday.

Argyle limited Liberty Hill’s offense, which managed to shoot 32 percent on the game.

“The problem with Argyle is if you give them an opportunity to put you away, they are going to put you away,” said head coach Chris Lange.

“You can’t make little mistakes. You can’t let them get that gap and they ended up getting a little bit of a gap and it was difficult to overcome.”

Sedona Prince, who was averaging in the double figures for points and rebounds coming into the game, was held to 9 points and only 6 rebounds.

Kandyn Faurie added 9 points and Amanda Boliek had 7 seven points.

The Lady Panthers got down 12-4 in the first quarter, with Faurie scoring both of Liberty Hill’s baskets.

The second quarter wasn’t much better as Liberty Hill went scoreless for almost four minutes before a free throw from Prince broke the drought.

In the third quarter, the Lady Panthers came out and limited the Lady Eagles to 10 points, while closing the gap to 6 points thanks to three consecutive three-pointers from Bethany McLeod, Faurie and Boliek.

“I think we hit three threes in a row. Hitting them is one thing, but then you have to go down on the other end and make a stop and when we’d hit a three, we’d give up a two and so they were able to just keep that gap just big enough for them to keep the separation.”

But the momentum didn’t carry over into the fourth quarter, as Argyle worked its way out of the jam and developed a comfortable lead.

Argyle’s Vivian Gray gashed the Lady Panthers for 17 and 6 rebounds. When asked about her after the game, senior Autumn Lange just shook her head.

“She’s just amazing,” she said. “I feel like she just makes the offense flow together well. She’s a good leader. She can dribble, she can shoot, she can play defense. She’s pretty much good all around.”

Despite the disappointing ending, the seniors know they have left their mark on the Liberty Hill girls basketball program.

“I actually feel better about it this year, the way we ended the season,” said senior Megan Huppee. “We always kept our head up. The support from our fans and our whole bench. The whole team was more of a family this year and I’m happy with this team that we were able to make it here.”

Liberty Hill finishes the season with a 36-4 record.

Argyle will face Waco La Vega, who beat Abilene Wylie 54-36 in the state championship Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Alamodome.

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