POTTSVILLE – After a rough loss to the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in the final of the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton almost a week ago, the Bauxite Lady Miners got just what they needed going into the 7-4A Conference season next week. Bauxite defeated the Pottsville Lady Apaches 53-52 on Friday to improve to 8-4 on the season.
“It was a battle,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “It was a good win for us after not playing well against Clinton.”
After a back-and-forth first half which the Lady Miners (8-4, 1-1 7-4A) led 28-26, it would remain a tight game until the end of the third quarter when Bauxite went on a run. Senior guard Jessica Sorvillo would hit two 3-pointers to help push the Lady Miner lead to seven, but Pottsville switched to man-to-man out of its zone defense to help in its comeback bid.
“We pulled them out of their zone they were in,” Harrison said. “They were going man, we turned it over a couple times, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 (free throw) twice, and they cut it to one.”
Senior forward Allison Tackett was fouled with 12 seconds remaining and hit both free throws to give Bauxite a 53-50 lead, and the Lady Miners played no-3-pointer defense to perfection to hold onto the win.
Bauxite hit six 3-pointers on the night.
Junior post player Holly Willmon scored 20 points to lead the Lady Miners, Tackett added 15 and Sorvillo nine. Senior forward Sydney Wingate scored three points, but provided much more.
“I thought Sydney Wingate played really well,” Harrison said. “She got her hands on a lot of balls, got some offensive rebounds, tapped a bunch out, played hard defense. She did a really good job for us being that glue. Her effort was the difference in the game.”
The Lady Miners will get back into conference play on Tuesday when they host the Robinson Lady Senators (11-3, 2-0) at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.