The Bauxite Lady Miners scored the first 13 points of the game in a 52-24 win over rival Glen Rose Lady Beavers in the first regular season game of the season on Tuesday at Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
“First game I just didn’t want us to come out a little amped up, not be able to hit any shots or let them stay in for too long,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “I felt like if we could get on them quick it could kind of get our butterflies out. We did a good job of that.”
Lone Lady Miners’ senior Alaina Crouse made it an 8-0 Bauxite lead with 4:20 left in the first quarter when she hit her first of four 3-pointers on the night. Crouse finished with a game-high 19 points on 6 of 8 shooting, including 4 of 4 from the 3-point line.
Junior Morgan Case layed it in from a pass by sophomore Amy Etheridge to make it a 10-0 Bauxite lead on the way to a 15-2 first-quarter lead.
“Defensively I thought we did a good job putting pressure on them forcing them into turnovers, getting a few easy ones,” Harrison said. “And we hit a few open threes early. I think it just loosened our girls up.”
The Lady Miners would make it a 26-3 game at the 4:22 mark in the second quarter when sophomore Allison Tackett nailed a 3-pointer by an assist from sophomore Jessica Sorvillo. Tackett would finish with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting and 3 of 6 from the 3-point line.
“Tackett did a great job shooting the ball,” Harrison said. “She wasn’t an outside threat last year in junior high at all.”
Junior Mary Crow made it 31-6 after one of her nine steals. She got fouled and hit 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to give the Lady Miners a 25-point lead at the half. Crow finished with nine points, nine steals, three rebounds and two assists.
“We stunk,” Glen Rose Coach Chris Smith said. “We didn’t run our stuff, we didn’t play hard, they outplayed us, but we’re going to get better.”
The Lady Beavers matched the Lady Miners with 11 points in the third quarter, including five points from Heather Whitfield, but the first half was just too much for Glen Rose to overcome. Bauxite was full-court pressing practically the entire game.
“We knew it was going to be like that because they’re playing at home,” Smith said. “We didn’t take care of what we should do and that’s the bottom line. We didn’t play good defense and we didn’t do what we were taught to do.”
“I loved our effort,” Harrison said. “I thought defensively, we played a great first half. Second half I think we relaxed a little bit.”
For Glen Rose, Melissa Reed led the Lady Beavers with six points, and Mackenzie Jones and Whitfield added five apiece.