Panthers Hoops

Lufkin’s A.J. Montgomery looks around Whitehouse’s Jayden Brandon for a path to the basket during District 16-5A basketball action at Lufkin’s Panther Gym on Tuesday night. The Wildcats took a 33-31 win.

On a night where every basket was a struggle, it was a rare game where it seemed like the team with the last defensive stop would get the win. Unfortunately for the Lufkin Panthers, that final stop came from a scrappy group of Whitehouse Wildcats.

With Lufkin trailing by a point and 20 seconds left, the Panthers worked the clock down to get a good look just before the buzzer. However, it was just off the mark as the Wildcats celebrated a 33-31 win in the 16-5A opener.

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