Miners lose, Lady Miners win ugly game

LITTLE ROCK – It wasn’t pretty, but the Bauxite Lady Miners came away with a 42-32 victory over the Robinson Lady Senators on Tuesday night in Little Rock in 7-4A conference play.

“Coming in, they didn’t have a conference win, but they played everybody really tough,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said of the Lady Senators. “They didn’t really have anything to lose. They were just as physical and aggressive as they could possibly be.”

The Lady Miners (17-7, 9-2 7-4A) jumped on Robinson 6-0 in the first two minutes of the game off of sophomore Allison Tackett and senior Alaina Crouse’s 3-pointers. Bauxite pushed it to 12-2 going into the second quarter, capped by junior Morgan Case’s layup assisted by junior Mary Crow.

Crouse and sophomore Amy Etheridge hit a 3-pointer apiece to start the second quarter and push Bauxite’s lead to 18-2 with 6:31 left in the half. It got ugly after that for the Lady Miners. Robinson (3-14, 0-10) would outscore Bauxite 10-5 the rest of the quarter with the Lady Miners leading 23-12 at the half.

“We got up quick on them and then kind of relaxed a little bit,” Harrison said. “[Robinson] never stopped playing. To their credit, they never quit and tried hard. I just thought we played flat after that. We weren’t making good decisions and missed a lot of close shots.”

The third quarter was sluggish throughout as the Lady Miners shot 2 of 13 from the field and committed seven turnovers and Robinson shot 2 of 13. Robinson also picked up its defense, doing a good job of getting hands in the passing lanes for steals. The Lady Senators had nine steals in the second half.

Bauxite took a 31-20 lead going into the fourth and got up by as many as 14 points, 35-21, at the 6:07 mark after two Crow free throws. The Lady Miners shot just 6 of 20 in the second half and 14 of 44 for the game. They did hold Robinson to 23 percent shooting, though. Bauxite also outrebounded the Lady Senators 38 to 23.

“Missed a lot of shots we should have made,” Harrison began, “and then we fell in love, because of the physicalness, I thought we fell in love a little bit with the 3-point shot for a little while.”

Crow led the Lady Miners with 16 points, three assists and two steals, and added five rebounds. Crouse scored 10 points, all in the first half, and led Bauxite with nine rebounds and two blocks. Junior Makayla Blanchett had six points and three rebounds, and Tackett had five points and six rebounds.

For the Lady Senators, Tamia Grady had 17 points and three steals.
“Any road win in conference is a good win, regardless,” Harrison said. “If you told me first of the year we’d be 5-2 on the road, I’d probably be happy with that.”

The Bauxite Miners dropped a 7-4A conference game 52-39 to the Robinson Senators on Tuesday night in Little Rock.

The Miners (12-10, 5-6 7-4A) were outscored 6-0 and 8-2 to start the game, the first points coming from 6-5 guard Jalen Lacy’s steal and breakaway dunk, but regrouped against a bigger Robinson team. Bauxite outscored the Senators 9-2 the rest of the quarter, capped by junior guard Chris Revas’ back-door pass to junior Tyler Hill for a layup and an 11-10 first-quarter lead.

Robinson (2-13, 2-8) took over in the second quarter. The Senators scored the first nine points of the quarter with Lacy contributing five points, and another steal and dunk. Senior Cody McPherson and sophomore Trent Rooks each made layups to get Bauxite within 21-16 at the 1:44 mark, but Robinson scored the last seven points of the quarter capped by Lacy’s layup while fouled. He made the free throw to give the Senators a 28-16 halftime lead. Lacy scored 12 points, had four steals and three blocks in the first half.

“He’s tough,” Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said of Lacy. “He’s a good player. A 6-5 guard is hard to match up with for us. A 6-5 player period is hard to match up with because we’re so small. They executed what they did well tonight and were just the better team.”

Lacy continued his theme starting the second half with a steal and put in, but McPherson responded with a bucket and Hill hit a 3-pointer from a McPherson assist to make it a 30-21 Robinson lead with 5:33 left in the quarter. Trederick Dunn hit a 3-pointer for the Senators, but the Miners went on a 6-0 run after two McPherson layups, and senior Jared Hicks’ steal and layup to make it 33-27 at the 1:53 mark.

Robinson, though, would end the third on a 6-2 run capped by a Lacy dunk to make it 39-29 going into the fourth quarter.

McPherson made a driving layup to start the fourth to get within eight points, but the Miners would get no closer.

Robinson outrebounded Bauxite 25 to 14 and shot 46 percent from the field. The Miners shot 47 percent, but had four more turnovers than the Senators, 14 to 10.

McPherson finished with 21 points, six rebounds and two assists and Hill had 10 points and five rebounds. Revas finished with three points, four assists and two rebounds.

Lacy led the Senators with 20 points, five steals and three blocks, and added four rebounds. K.J. Thompson had 11 points and six rebounds.

“Ran into a buzz saw from the get go,” Smith said. “From start to finish, [Robinson] played well. They were just better tonight than we were. We executed fairly well, but once again we’re outsized and got hurt on the glass. They hit a lot of big shots and we just couldn’t go toe to toe tonight and that’s the bottom line.”