Five big games tonight, highlighted by Doyline/Haughton match-up
DOYLINE — The Doyline Panthers raced past Saline, 90-48, Thursday night in their first game of their annual tournament.
The Panthers used their depth and team speed to bury the Bobcats early.
"We kind of blew it open in the second quarter," Doyline head coach Michael Normand said. "I think our speed overwhelmed them."
The Panthers came at the Bobcats in waves, leaving them unable to advance the ball. Saline had trouble with the Doyline defensive pressure all night.
"We don't have a lot of height and experience on this team," Normand said. "So it's always in our benefit to turn the game into a track meet."
And that they did.
Normand emptied his bench early and go more players into the game.
"We have a pretty deep bench and we subbed a little more frequently last night," he said. "We wanted to keep the pace up, and I believe that just wore them down in the second and third quarters. I told the boys at halftime that if we could keep up the pace, they would end up breaking because of their lack of depth. And that's what happened."
The Panthers win moved them into a second round game with Haughton. The Panthers and Bucs will highlight a good slate of Friday games.
"We're really going to have some big games today," Normand said. "We start it off with the Haughton and Simsboro girls at 3:45 p.m. and then the North Webster and Simsboro boys play next (at 4:50 p.m.) and that should be a great ball game. Then the Saline girls and North Webster girls play at 6 p.m. and they are two of the better girls' teams around. Then the Lakeside boys take on the Dubach boys (at 7:20 p.m.) and then we (Doyline) close it out with haughton at 8:30 p.m. Those are some great games."
Normand expects the gym to be packed and rocking tonight, especially with Haughton coming to town.
"I think our gym will be at full capacity," he said. "I would advise everyone , if they want to watch these games, to get there early."