Lady Panthers open season with 52-44 win

The Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers basketball team opened the season Tuesday night with a 52-44 win over Grand Saline.

Girls Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball Jason Wallen commented, “We came out a little slow and out of sorts, in typical first-game fashion. Luckily, we were able to put together a great third quarter in which we hit five 3-pointers en route to a 22-point frame. We saw some good things tonight and some things that we need to clean up, but overall, a very solid first night.”

Quinlan was behind 11-12 after the first quarter but picked up the lead in the second, outscoring the Indians 13-11 for a halftime score of 24-23.

The big third quarter scoring run by the Lady Panthers added 22 points for Quinlan to 15 for Grand Saline and a third-quarter score of 46-38. A 6-all fourth quarter tallied the final score of 52-44.

Allysen Warden led Quinlan scorers with 12. Ariel Forsyth contributed 8; Madison Harrison and Savannah Minor, 7 apiece; Bree House, Autumn Grimm and Ashley Todd, 5 each; Braileigh Deaver, 2; and Sofia Garcia, 1.

The Lady Panthers were next matched with the Waxahachie Indians at the Grand Prairie Tournament on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Junior varsity

Coach Ashleigh Burns’ junior varsity Lady Panthers edged out the Grand Saline Indians 22-20.

Quinlan led 7-5 after the first quarter but fell behind in the second 8-13 for a halftime score of 13-15.

The Lady Panthers scored 3 to the Indians’ 2 in the third for a 16-17 deficit after three but came back in the fourth to outscore Grand Saline 6-3 to take the win.

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