Pack can't handle Highlanders

Lufkin's Tomme Mark (5) tries to keep the ball away from The Woodlands defenders during the teams' game Friday night at Panther Gymnasium on the Lufkin Middle School campus.

If only the Lufkin Panthers could find a “rewind” button that would allow them to replay the second quarter, the outcome of Friday’s game against the 10th-ranked Highlanders from The Woodlands might have been slightly different.

In a classic defensive battle, the Highlanders outscored the Panthers 14-0 in the second period and held off a late Pack rally to hand Lufkin its first loss in district play, with The Woodlands hanging on for a closer-than-the-score-indicated 49-39 win at Panther Gymnasium.

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