Lady Panthers punch their ticket to the AHSAA State Semifinal

Published 3:35 pm Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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The Lanett Panthers girls have punched their ticket to the Region 2A Final Four, defeating GW Long 43 – 35 in the Southeast Regional Championship in Montgomery Wednesday. 

The Panthers were down three at the half, only to power their way back in the second half, outscoring GW Long 28-17 in the second half.

Breanna Glaze led the Lady Panthers with 14 points, Laila Lancaster added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Makiah White pulled down eight rebounds in the win.

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It was back and forth in the first period with seven lead changes. Lanett took an early lead only to see it slip away with back-to-back three-point buckets by Long.

The second quarter saw Long scoring four of its six points from the free-throw line and taking an 18-15 lead into the locker room at the break.

With 5:49 in the third period, Lanett regained the lead on a White layup. Sparked by a made 3-point basket by Glaze, the Panthers went on a 9-0 run to finish the period, taking a five-point advantage into the final period.

To begin the fourth, Lanett extended its run to 14-0 with a three-pointer by Ariel Hall and a Lancaster layup stretching the lead to 10 and never looking back.

The Panthers will face Pisgah on Monday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. ET in Birmingham in the state semifinals.