Ladies rout, Miners eke one out

The Bauxite Lady Miners held the Pulaski Robinson Lady Senators to six points in the second half in defeating them 48-24 in 7-4A conference action on Tuesday at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.

“Defensively, I didn’t think we played bad,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “We were out of position a few times, especially in the press. I thought we did a pretty decent job of scrambling and hustling defensively. Out of the press, we had some people out of position and a few people not rotating quick enough. They got a few deep passes and some easy shots there early.”

The Lady Miners (12-6, 4-1 7-4A) led 25-18 at the half, but outscored the Lady Senators 23-6 in the second half and held Robinson to 23 percent shooting for the game, including 13 percent (2 for 16) in the second half.

“It attributed to our lack of depth,” Robinson Coach Anwar Hardin said. “We’re young, we’re inexperienced and late in games, we just run out of gas. We got away from the game plan and that’s what happens when you get tired. When you get tired, fatigue makes cowards of us all.”

Tied 4-4 in the first quarter, junior Mary Crow scored five consecutive points from two free throws and a 3-pointer assisted by junior Sarah McPherson to put Bauxite up 9-4 with 2:46 left in the quarter.

Robinson would respond with a 7-0 run to close out the quarter capped by a layup from Nikilah Bates to put the Lady Senators up 11-9 going into the second quarter.

“Offensively I thought we were just sloppy,” Harrison said. “I didn’t think our space was very good. We ran some sets and got a couple back door pick plays for [Allison] Tackett and Mary [Crow]. I thought they executed those well. The pick-and-rolls weren’t good because they wouldn’t get themselves set.”

Sophomore Amy Etheridge opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with an assist from Crow. After Tamia Grady hit a 3-pointer to put Robinson up 14-12, Etheridge found herself wide open and hit another 3-pointer with 5:54 left in the half to put Bauxite up 15-14.

The Lady Miners would close the second quarter on a 10-4 run capped by a Crow 3-pointer from another McPherson assist to give Bauxite a seven-point lead at the half. Crow had eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the first half and sophomore Allison Tackett had six points and two rebounds.

Bauxite started the second half on a 6-0 run started by a layup from senior Alaina Crouse assisted by Crow, an offensive rebound and put back by junior Makayla Blanchett and capped by another assist by Crow, this time for a Tackett layup to put the Lady Miners up 31-18 at the 4:34 mark of the third quarter.

The Lady Miners would lead 38-21 going into the fourth quarter and cruised from there. They shot 47 percent from the field for the game and though it was a 24-point win, Bauxite committed 18 turnovers and only outrebounded Robinson 26-24.

“We rebounded ok,” Harrison said. “I thought we had a lot of balls just bouncing out of our hands tonight. It should be a lot better than that. Part of it is I don’t think we go to the offensive boards hard enough. We have to be a little stronger, a little more effort to rip those out. It’s something we definitely need to work on.
“Most of them weren’t forced,” Harrison said of Bauxite’s turnovers. “It was us playing too fast. We got a little lazy with our feet and got some walk calls. Those are things we can work on. You can’t do that against PA [Pulaski Academy], Malvern or Nashville.”

Crow finished with 12 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.

“She passed the ball well,” Harrison said of Crow. “I’d like to see her get more shots, but I also like to see her get other people involved.”

Tackett had 10 points and three steals and Crouse finished with seven points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Grady led Robinson with 12 points, but was held to just 4 of 19 shooting.

The Bauxite Miners upended the Pulaski Robinson Senators 55-53 Tuesday night in 7-4A conference play at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.

Down 51-50 after a put in by Trederick Dunn with 1:30 left in the game, Bauxite senior guard Jared Hicks stole the ball and assisted junior guard Chris Revas for a layup to put the Miners up 52-51 with 1:10 left. Jalen Lacy put the Senators up 53-52 with a basket and Robinson got the ball back with about 30 seconds left. Revas got a steal and passed it to senior Cody McPherson who got underneath the basket and passed to Hicks for an 8-foot jump shot with 28 seconds left to put Bauxite up 54-53.

Bauxite got the ball back and Revas was fouled. He hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to make it 55-53 with 18 seconds left. Robinson drove down to the basket, but junior post player Tyler Hill took a charge for the Miners down low and McPherson was fouled for a 1-and-1 with 4.5 seconds left in the game. McPherson missed the shot, but the Senators’ desperation heave from half court was no good to allow Bauxite to sneak away with the win.

“It winded up being a really big play for us obviously,” Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said of Hicks’ jumper, which Hicks called a prayer according to Smith. “And then Tyler Hill taking a charge at the end. We challenged the guys in the huddle and told them that someone has to make a stop, someone has to step up and do it and Tyler Hill did it.”

Taking the charge wasn’t the only play Hill had as he finished with 17 points on 7 of 11 from the field, and 13 rebounds to lead the Miners.
Though the Miners committed 20 turnovers for the game and shot just 9 of 19 (47 percent) from the free throw line, Robinson was just as bad as it had 18 turnovers and shot just 7 of 17 (41 percent) from the foul line. Bauxite did shoot 52 percent from the field for the game to Robinson’s 41 percent, but was outrebounded 35-25, as the Senators were a lot bigger than the Miners.

“Our Achille’s heel is allowing offensive rebounds and it’s not so much lack of effort, it’s hard to control athleticism especially if they’re a lot bigger than you are and can jump a lot higher than you can,” Smith said.

“The thing about [Robinson] is they got four new players eligible and that was just their second game as a team all together. They’re going to be really hard to reckon with. They’re good. They have some depth, guys that can score and size.”

The Miners (10-6, 3-2 7-4A) got out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes of the game after Hicks found junior James Perry for a layup. Robinson’s Nick Robinson made it 12-11 Miners with 2:06 left after an offensive rebound and layup, but Bauxite finished the quarter on a 9-2 run capped by sophomore Hunter Holder’s 16-foot jump shot assisted by sophomore Trent Rooks. The Miners led 21-13 after one, despite committing eight turnovers.

“I thought the first quarter we had too many turnovers and too many mental mistakes,” Smith said. “I thought we settled down and took some good shots [after that].”

The Miners were outscored 17-8 in the second quarter to go into halftime down 30-29, but outscored the Senators 8-6 in the third quarter to take a 37-36 lead going into the fourth in a back-and-forth game throughout.

McPherson scored 18 points to lead the Miners on 7 of 11 shooting, and added four assists and three rebounds. Revas had five points and four assists, and Hicks finished with three points and three assists. Holder had eight points and shot 2 of 6 from the 3-point line. For the Senators, Lacy had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Dunn had 15 points and four steals.