Fourth quarter fortune: Lady Miners rout Maumelle in 4th

MAUMELLE – Down three points at the half, the Bauxite Lady Miners routed the Maumelle Lady Hornets in the fourth quarter to take a 66-42 victory on the road on Tuesday in 7-4A conference action. The Lady Miners outscored the Lady Hornets 32-8 in the fourth quarter for the win.

“Just went nuts in the fourth quarter,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “Made a few shots. Got some rebounds and got [Maumelle] overextended a little bit; spread the floor out a little bit and started hitting layups.”

Bauxite (15-7, 7-2 7-4A) started out cold in the first half, hitting 23 percent of their shots. Despite being down by one, 14-13, after the first quarter, and shooting so poorly, the Lady Miners were down by only three points at halftime.

“Had opportunities the first half, but just missed shots and missed free throws,” Harrison said. “Missed a lot of perimeter shots in the first half. We didn’t shoot it well. They were playing a zone, we had some open opportunities for 3s and I think we settled for the perimeter shot a little too much.”

The Lady Miners shot 2 of 15 from the 3-point arc and made turnovers in the first half that led to easy baskets for the Lady Hornets, but rebounded the ball well to help offset the shooting.

The Lady Miners came back in the third quarter and actually took the lead before going into the fourth quarter tied 34-34 after Bauxite sophomore Amy Etheridge hit a 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer. Bauxite dominated after that.

“It went from us being up five and you look up and we’re up 15 or 16 and over 20,” Harrison said.

Junior Mary Crow scored 13 of her 23 points in the fourth quarter. Crow also had six steals, four assists and four rebounds.

Bauxite defeated the Lady Hornets 61-49 in Bauxite earlier in the month and Harrison said Maumelle is on the brink of good things happening for them.

“They’re very athletic,” he said .”They have good size and good length. A couple girls can shoot it OK. They’re very post-oriented. They’re one of those teams that if they can figure it out, they’ll be very good.
“We didn’t want them to figure it out against us so we had to be really aggressive defensively. We tried to make them score from the perimeter.”

Sophomore Allison Tackett scored 18 points, 10 in the fourth, and pulled down eight rebounds, and junior forward Makayla Blanchett had 14 points, eight in the fourth, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Senior Alaina Crouse had four points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Miners have a big conference game up next when they head to Nashville on Friday. The 7-4A game could determine third place.