By Nick Hampton
The timing couldn’t be better for the Lady Warriors of Bacone.
Bacone closed out the regular season Monday night at the Palmer Center by avenging a 37 point loss a month ago with an 82-68 victory over the Jarvis Christian in a game not as close as the score would indicate.
It was the seventh win in the last ten games for the Lady Warriors and gives them some positive momentum going into the Red River Athletic Conference post-season tournament this weekend.
“I think one of the things that made a difference from the last time we played them was that we pressed them tonight,” said 10-year coach Robbie Shay. “It was effective the first eight or nine minutes, but then I thought we got a little tired and so we got out of it”
Even without the press, the Lady Warriors forced 16 Jarvis turnovers in the first half which helped them get out to an early 16-6 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs fought back to within two points at 30-28 with seven minutes left in the half. But the turnovers continued to take a toll as Bacone went on a 15-5 run over the last seven minutes to lead in the locker room 45-33.
“Once we got out of the press, Jarvis was able to get it back down to a couple of points,” Shay said. “Once we got it back up to 12 at halftime, we never looked back.”
On Senior Night at Bacone, it was fitting that the only two seniors on the Lady Warriors team led the way to victory. Danielle Reed led all scorers with 19 points and seven assists and Emily Lowell contributed 18 points. For Reed, a California transplant, it caps two fun seasons as a Lady Warrior.
“We wanted to get the win tonight but I really just wanted to have fun since it was our last home game,” said Reed. “It also means a lot to me that we’re going to the post-season tournament since we started the season so poorly and then to finish as good as we did is nice.”
The Lady Warriors (10-17, 8-14) continued to shoot well in the second half (45 percent) and stretched the lead to 23 points with 7:20 to play before Shay turned the game over to the reserves.
Besides Reed and Lovell, Kayla Denton tossed in 13 points. The Lady Bulldogs (7-20, 5-17) were led by Porsche Gavin with 16 points.
The Lady Warriors will now get ready for the RRAC Tournament, playing Wylie College at 6 p.m. Friday night at Southwestern Assemblies of God in Texas.
Jarvis Christian 85, Bacone 81
The Warriors fell just short of turning the tables on a double-digit loss to the Bulldogs last month, but just couldn’t quite get over the hump.
With five players on the roster that were 6-5 or taller, the Bulldogs dominated the inside game, outscoring Bacone in the paint 50-32.
Spotting the Bulldogs the first seven points of the game, Bacone (7-22) struggled back to within a point at 12-11, but that would be as close as the Warriors would get. Every time Bacone would close the gap, the Bulldogs went on a brief run to open the lead back up and led at halftime 44-35.
Jarvis would get the lead back up to 10 points a couple of times in the second half and held their widest lead at 74-60 with 6:15 to play. Bacone stormed back with a 12-4 run to make it 78-72 with 2:34 left to play.
They were helped out by poor free-throw shooting by the Bulldogs, who missed the front end of three one-and-ones and were just 3-of-11 in the half. Kwame Bates hit a pair of charity tosses for the Warriors with 2:18 to play to make 79-74.
With 8.7 seconds to play, Alex Stanley canned a 3-pointer from deep in the corner to close the gap to three at 84-81 but time ran out on the Warrior comeback.
Bates and teammate Derrick Thomas were the leading scorers for Bacone with 18 points each while Stanley had a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards. Creed Flowers and Christian Smith were also in double figures for the Warriors with 10 points each.
Marcus O’Key with 20 points led the way for the Bulldogs.
By Nick Hampton
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