The Fillies are off to a 4-0 win streak after a tough win over Ranger College Saturday morning. "I'm really proud of the effort the team gave this weekend" Head Coach Kite says. "We didn't play as well as I would like this game, but the team showed that our defense could be a difference maker this season".
And defense was indeed the difference maker. Panola struggled offensively in the first quarter, starting off with 5 turnovers just before they got the ball rolling. Ranger scored the first two buckets back to back, being the largest and only lead for them throughout the game. A short jumper from Freshman Daria Eremeeva and an "And-1" from sophomore Denasia Watson, tied the game at 4 apiece. After a free throw conversion from freshman Nailah Beyah-Blount, the Fillies were back on top.
The game would later become tied in the second quarter at 19, but Panola held off the Rangers there just before half time. After a technical foul in the start of the third quarter from the Fillies, Ranger came within 1, but would never take the lead again.
The Fillies came up with 7 steals, took two charges, and pulled down 19 defensive rebounds. Defense was the key to the victory. "We're giving up less than 50 points a game right now, that says a lot about how hard the team is working."
The Fillies return back in action Tuesday night at 5:30pm in Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.