Prep Hoops: Lady Panthers hand East first loss

Dec. 18, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

A pair of first-quarter three-pointers by Emmalee Thomas put the Ledford Panthers in the driver's seat of Friday's tilt with East Davidson.
The Golden Eagles clawed their way back into the game, however, and fell just short of completing the comeback in their first defeat of the season, a 57-53 loss at Ledford.
"This might be one of the best games you'll see all year," Panthers coach John Ralls said. "They took our body shots early and came back. We took their best shots in the middle and held on at the end."
Thomas finished with 15 points, but was limited in the final three quarters after her team jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter lead. Eagles coach Don Corry was proud of the effort his defense showed in the second half, but said the Panthers' sharpshooting in that first period was too much to overcome.
"They came out in the first eight minutes and took it to us," Corry said. "Kudos to them. They really went after it."
Lori Morgan and Jennifer Welborn had 23 and 21 points, respectively, for East (6-1). Morgan was instrumental in orchestrating the rally, which brought the Eagles to within one.
The Panthers clung to a one-point lead when Brie Grier beat the third-quarter horn with a half-court shot to extend the team's lead to four.
Courtney Callicutt added 14 points for the Panthers (7-2).

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