LHS 4 v Diboll VG Hoops

Lufkin’s Alecia Rivera Scott drives to the basket during a non-district basketball game against Diboll earlier this season. The Lady Panthers host Jacksonville tonight.

A playoff spot is almost never won in the first week of the schedule, but it can certainly become an uphill battle.

That’s the scenario the Lufkin Lady Panthers’ basketball team found themselves in headed into this week. They opened the district slate against the defending 16-5A champions, who also featured the reigning district player of the year.

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.