Free, Panthers have their way in win over Cardinals

WESLACO — On Tuesday, the Weslaco Panthers cut to the basket, penetrated the paint at will and sank the outside shots.

And when they weren’t doing that, they were feeding the ball down low to center Justice Free.

In the end, it became too much for the Harlingen Cardinals as the Panthers rolled to an 81-64 Class 6A bi-district win at Weslaco High School.

Free led the Panthers with 22 points and had his way against the Harlingen bigs underneath the basket, opening up the floor and giving their guards open shots and easy cutting lanes to the basket.

“We played a good game and I have a good squad. They keep getting better everyday and they do the little things; today was a good day for them,” said Weslaco head coach Gabe Valdez. “Justice is a big part of our structure, but we have good guards that can hit the shot if they collapse on Justice. They’ve all done a great job and I hope we can go forward from here.”

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