A close game at the half turned into a 70-50 blowout favoring the Bauxite Lady Miners over the Brinkley Lady Tigers on Tuesday at Brinkley High School.
Leading 14-10 after the first quarter, the Lady Miners led by as many as seven points in the first half, eventually taking a 31-29 lead at halftime. Junior Mary Crow scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and also took two charge calls.
"It was a little bit of a track meet the first half," Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. "We were scoring. We were getting up and down the floor.
"Mary had a great first half," he said. "She hit a couple 3’s."
The Lady Miners (6-3) had a couple chances to extend the lead, but the Lady Tigers were keeping pace with Bauxite getting to the basket as well.
"They’re quick as can be," Harrison said of Brinkley. "They have a couple guards and had a girl that was playing the five [position] at times and she was quick."
The girl that was playing the five spot was senior forward Florida Coleman and she used to be a point guard last year, which gave Bauxite matchup problems. "She was long and athletic," Harrison said.
Coleman scored just 11 points for Brinkley, but shot just 5 of 14 from the free-throw line.
The third quarter was the difference in the game for Bauxite as the Lady Miners outscored the Lady Tigers by 15 points in the third quarter to take a 53-36 lead going into the fourth.
"We came out in the third quarter up two and we played a lot better defensively in the second half," harrison said. "We really got them tired, got them frustrated. They started throwing up deep shots."
Harrison said Bauxite should have had a bigger lead in the first half, but being on the road, sometimes calls don't go your way.
"They got a lot of consideration," Harrison said of the foul calls. "They got to the foul line a lot. That kind of kept them close.
"We were taking it to the rim, believe me," he said. "But you’re not getting a lot of those calls, and they were. That’s what you expect at home."
Lady Miners' sophomore Allison Tackett had 14 points and nine rebounds and junior forward Makayla Blanchett recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
After just two points in the first half, lone senior Alaina Crouse finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior Morgan Case contributed six points and six rebounds.
Bauxite pulled down 48 rebounds as a team with 18 of them coming from the offensive glass.
Harrison said the only real negative for the Lady Miners was not shooting as well as usual and allowing too much penetration in the first half.
Up 11 points with five minutes left in the game, the Bauxite Miners lost 61-58 to the Brinkley Tigers on Tuesday night in Brinkley.
“How about that,” Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said about the blown lead. “A lot of turnovers. We turned the ball over too much against the pressure.”
The Miners (4-3) built a 45-34 lead in the fourth quarter, but Brinkley started to play more aggressive and Bauxite went the other way, playing more lax.
"Once we got up 11, our defense really let up,” Smith said. “It acted like we just wanted to trade baskets allowing them to drive the lane uncontested to score, then we take the ball and turn it over. Momentum shifted and we just never could get the wheels back on track.”
Bauxite got down 14-4 early in the first quarter, but fought back to make it a 15-11 deficit at the end of the quarter. Smith said his team settled down and started playing a lot better. The Miners led 27-26 at halftime.
"Starting out in a hole and digging out and taking the lead showed a lot of character in the guys," Smith said.
The Miners led 38-34 going into the fourth quarter, but missed opportunities spelled Bauxite's doom.
"We really left a lot of points on the floor in the first half that we should have had a lot bigger lead," Smith said. "We missed several back-door layups the first half, then late in the game we missed a couple of back-door layups. When you look back and you add the ones up that we missed, that left points on the floor instead of on the board, that was the difference in the game."
Senior Cody McPherson led the Miners with 22 points, followed by Hunter Holder's 17.
"I thought Cody played really well," Smith said. "He played aggressive."
Junior Tyler Hill had nine points, Trent Rooks had seven and junior point guard Chris Revas had three points. The Miners hit 9 of 12 free throws.
"When they turned the pressure up late in the game, some of the guys, instead of playing aggressive, really got into their shell and caused us to have some turnovers and not finish," Smith said. "Hopefully we learned something from the game to learn how to finish and once you get them down, how to keep them down."View more articles in: