The Lecanto High School Panther girls basketball team opened up regular season play on Monday at Springstead and came away with a hard fought victory over the Eagles 55-44.
The Panthers jumped out to a 16-11 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and expanded their lead to 29-17 at half. The Panthers would build their lead up in the second half by as many as 18 points and fought off a late rally in the 4th quarter by the Eagles.
The Panthers had 13 of 14 ladies score in the game. Leading scorer was Senior Trinity Keeran with 16, with Aleiza Rome and Cynthia Homs adding 8 each.
The Panthers next game is Thursday vs. district foe Leesburg. JV game is at 6:00 and varsity at 7:30 in the Panther Den.