The Lufkin Panthers boys put down another set of Tigers as they faced A&M Consolidated at Panther Gym, Jan. 22, to take second place in league standings.
It was anything but easy.
The Tigers put up an aggressive fight, making it difficult for the Panthers to find and then hold onto an offensive rhythm that has been present in recent games. Quick thinking against the hard-hitting Tigers put Lufkin early in the lead, eventually making it a 57-42 game.
During the first quarter, Dominque Shaw (4) literally rolled the ball between opponents’ feet to Terrance Penson (21) who threw it up for two. With less than a minute to go in the half, Keke Coutee made a steal then broke away down court to put another two. Lufkin went into the half up 25-22.
Dominique Shaw opened the third quarter with a jumper from the three-point line, taking the Panthers to a 28-22 game. Defensively, the Panthers dominated this quarter, allowing the Tigers only five points. As the fourth opened up, so did the Tigers, managing to claw out another 15 points. Lufkin kept pace, plus one better for a 57-42 win that claimed second place in District play.
If the score sounds eerily familiar, that is because it is almost a repeat of the last match-up between these two back in December that ended 50-44.
Now, the Pack will travel to Marshall for non-district play against Marshall Christian Academy. Returning to district play on Jan. 29, the Panthers have another key game. They will travel to The Woodlands to face the 7-0 Highlanders, currently ranked number one in league standings. Lufkin will try to turn the tables on a loss earlier in the season and, maybe-just maybe- take that coveted number one spot.
By Misty Boggs