Overtime Thriller

Mckinney North takes varsity basketball overtime

by Reid McEowen, Co-Editor in Chief of Content

After a 1-3 record in their last four games, the Panthers looked to bounce back with a win over the Mckinney North Bulldogs. The game started off strong, as the Panthers took a 14-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. Junior Jackson Davis capped off the quarter with a buzzer-beater three from several feet behind the three-point line. An uneventful second quarter ensued, and the first half ended with a score of 21-17 Panthers. Davis led the scoring in the first half with 11 points, but he didn’t make an appearance for the entirety of the second half. The Bulldogs came out strong with a 14-point third quarter, and the Panthers struggled to find their footing as they let Mckinney North go on several runs. The Bulldogs took the lead at the end of the third quarter, with 31-30. Senior Josiah Wilson refused to lose as he stormed into the fourth with several steals and fast-break points, tallying up six points in a matter of seconds. The Bulldogs wouldn’t back down as they continued to break the Panthers full-court press and got several easy buckets on the other end. At the end of the fourth, the score was all knotted up at 40. The game headed into overtime where the Panthers struggled to score and the Bulldogs’ sophomore Brandon Frazier hit multiple free throws to secure the Mckinney North lead. The final score was 48-44 Mckinney North.  


The Bulldogs’ Brandon Frazier and the Panthers’ Jackson Davis lead their respective teams in scoring with eleven apiece. Junior Jaelen Anderson played above the rim again, recording multiple blocks, steals and fast-break points to tie the game up late in the fourth. The Panthers fought hard, but the larger Mckinney North roster proved to be too much. The Panthers play their first district game against Mckinney Boyd at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.