Bauxite wins it ugly

BAUXITE – A hot start on offense in the first half and stingy play on defense in the second half helped push the Bauxite Lady Miners (4-2) past the Pottsville Apaches by a score of 50-38 on Tuesday night.
Despite the win, head coach Joshua Harrison still felt his team didn’t play their best ball.
“It was an ugly game to say the least,” Harrison said. “Pottsville is a good team who is constantly in the 4A state tournament. We looked sluggish tonight. We didn’t execute like we normally would, but I thought defensively we played pretty hard.”
The Lady Miners jumped out to a quick lead by opening the game on an 11-2 run. At the end of the first quarter, Bauxite was leading Pottsville 16-9.
The second quarter proved to be a stalemate as both teams put ten points on the scoreboard. At the half, Bauxite led 26-19.
After controlling the first half, it was Bauxite who came out of the locker room lacking aggression.
“At one point we were up 14 or 15 points and we had a chance to run off from them and then we had a couple turnovers, they knocked some shots and crawled back into it,” Harrison said.
“Neither team really scored starting off the third quarter, but we went real stagnant offensively and defensively. I ended up taking all five of them (the starters) out.
With the starters on the bench, Pottsville was able to cut the lead down to one in the third quarter.
As the lead dwindled, Harrison reinserted his starting unit in the game and Bauxite slowly extended its lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Miners looked to Mary Crow to take control of the game. Crow would answer the bell as she dominated the fourth quarter with six points and five assists. Bauxite eventually pulled away from a scrappy Pottsville team, outscoring the Apaches 15-12 in the fourth quarter.
Crow finished the game with 16 points. Sophomore Holly Willmon added 13 points and seven rebounds, while senior Morgan Case chipped in eight points.
“A win is a win,” Harrison said. “As a coach you see things that you want to work on and get better at and we should be really good at by now. There are some things that we just have to continue to improve on.”

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