HASKELL – Senior Allison Tackett and junior Holly Willmon scored 22 points each in a 51-39 Bauxite Lady Miner victory over the Poyen Lady Indians in the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament on Tuesday in Daniel Henley Fieldhouse.
Behind her 22 points, Tackett pulled down 13 rebounds, dished out four assists, many to the 6-2 Willmon down low, adding a steal and block to her resume.
“She looked like she was starting to have fun again,” Lady Miner Coach Josh Harrison said. “She started playing her game. She hit the boards really well and passed the ball pretty good. She made a couple jump shots, but I just like it she took it to the rim. She was tenacious in there and did a great job making something happen.”
Leading 25-20 at the half, the Lady Miners (3-2) would start the second with a 9-0 run with Willmon beginning it with an offensive rebound and put back, Tackett making a layup while fouled and making the free throw, and Tackett would find Willmon down low on consecutive plays to take the 34-20 lead with 3:42 left to play in the third.
“Holly just did a great job creating space,” Harrison said of his post, who also had 10 rebounds. “She’s just so big and strong, and she was calling for the basketball. We did a lot better job getting her the basketball (Tuesday).”
Poyen’s Hadison Bates would hit a 3-pointer to get the Lady Indians within 37-25, but Tackett would lay it in with an assist from senior Lindie Thompson and get a steal and lay in to make it a 16-point game going into the fourth quarter. Poyen would get within 11 at one point, but the Lady Miners’ domination on the boards and defense shut the Lady Indians down. Poyen shot just 28 percent from the field and Bauxite outrebounded the Lady Indians 47-16.
“You can’t complain about that at all,” Harrison said of the plus-31 rebounding disparity. “I thought we did a good job on the defensive boards for the most part. I don’t like the turnovers, but you can live with it especially when we’re trying to get our feet underneath you and figure things out. I like the direction we’re going. I thought we played a much better defensive game than we have in the past.”
Bauxite shot 41 percent (21-51) from the field and if there was an aspect the Lady Miners struggled with, it was being minus-9 in the turnover margin. Bauxite had 18 turnovers.
“You could tell our legs weren’t quite there,” Harrison said. “Some of the turnovers led to that, but (Poyen) played hard and turned us over a few times, and some of it was just making mistakes getting tired. We didn’t get to play last week. The week off definitely hurt our legs, but I think we overcame that with rebounding and pounding the ball inside. We cleared the boards and didn’t give them any second chances.”
Senior Ashley Eisenhauer had five points, and seniors Jessica Sorvillo and Sydney Wingate each chipped in a point, with Wingate adding seven rebounds. Though she didn’t score, senior Amy Etheridge had five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
The Lady Miners will resume the Bill Gibbs Memorial on Thursday at 6:40 p.m. when they take on the Jessieville Lady Lions in Daniel Henley Fieldhouse in Haskell.
“They work hard,” Harrison said of Jessieville. “They get after you a little bit and they’re not real deep. [Jessieville Coach] Matt (Carter) does a good job with them, especially defensively.”