Lady Panthers defeat Vandegrift to stay perfect

Kandyn Faurie dribbles around a Vandegrift defender during the Lady Panthers’ win Tuesday night. (Lauren Jette Photo)

Kandyn Faurie dribbles around a Vandegrift defender during the Lady Panthers’ win Tuesday night. (Lauren Jette Photo)

By Lauren Jette

LEANDER — After a slow start, the Lady Panthers found a rhythm and the basket on the way to a 36-29 win at Vandegrift Tuesday night to move to 4-0 on the season.

“You gotta put it in the past, that’s just a number. We gotta start working and trying to get better,” said head coach Chris Lange.

“We’re still struggling in some areas that we definitely have to work on.”

At the end of the first quarter, Liberty Hill only had a one point lead over the Lady Vipers. In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers held Vandegrift to only one basket, while increasing the lead to four points.

Liberty Hill was able to hang on to that lead during the third quarter, before finally increasing the lead to 12 points with about three minutes left in the final quarter.

Vandegrift fouled five different Lady Panthers to save time while attempting to mount a comeback in the final two minutes, but couldn’t find the basket for points.

“I was happy about the rebounding. I thought on the rebounding side of it, we did a much better job,” Lange said.

“We didn’t do a good job against China Spring (last week). I thought we did a better job of rebounding the ball tonight. Our turnovers were an issue tonight, especially down the stretch. We tried to force some things. That’s the negative side.”

In spite of that, Lange saw improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

“The positive side, our rebounds were good. Our defense was really good,” Lange said.

“I was really impressed by how we played on defense, hedging on strains and doing some little things like that that the girls are asked to do in practice and they haven’t done. I was really pleased on that side of the ball.”

Before the Thanksgiving break last week, the Lady Panthers traveled to China Spring and came up with the 57-35 win. Leading scorers were Sedona Prince with 18 points; Amanda Boliek with 10 points, Kandyn Faurie and Bridgette House both had 6 points; Autumn Lange had 3 points; Andrea House and Kaylie Potts both had 2 points and Sarah Buck and Victoria Stephens had a point each.

The junior varsity won 59-13. Leading scorers were S. Vickers with 13 points; M. Cheney with 11 points and Bethany McLeod with 9 points.

On Nov. 23, Liberty Hill traveled to Round Rock McNeil and came back with the 64-19 win. Prince had 20 points, Faurie had 15 points; B. House had 7 points, Boliek had 6 points; Potts 5 points; Stephens 4 points; Buck 3 points; A. House 2 points; A. Lange 2 points.

The JV won 76-25. Cheney led with 20 points, Cole had 16 points and Bevers added 15 points.

The Lady Panthers will compete at a tournament in Salado Thursday through Saturday, before returning home to host St. Dominic Savio on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Lange is looking forward to getting more minutes and experience for his team at the upcoming tournaments.

“It’s a chance to get better. We have the tournament this week and another one next week at Fredericksburg, so we’re probably going to get about 10 or 11 games in the next 10 or 11 days, which is good,” Lange said.

“It’s going to be tiring, but we’re going to give everybody an opportunity to get minutes who aren’t getting the minutes and maybe give us a chance to clean up and work against (someone different) because we’re always working against the same girls and they start to cheat and stuff like that, so getting away and getting a look at different stuff helps us out a little bit.”