The Lecanto girls basketball team used outstanding defense to open up a tight game in the 3rd quarter and survived a late charge to beat visiting Leesburg 58-53.
The Panthers trailed at the half 31-30 but used an outstanding defensive effort in the 3rd quatrr to open up a 45-38 lead heading to the final quarter.
Leading scorer for the Panthers was junior Peyton Spaulding with 16, 12 which came in first half. Junior Abby Rome added 11, senior Trinity Keeran 8 and senior Cynthia Homs with 7.
The Panthers are 2-0 and visit Hernando tomorrow night.