Bauxite picks up big road win
SHERIDAN — After opening the year with two wins, the Bauxite Lady Miners would lose two straight in the semifinals and thirdplace game of their host Bauxite Tournament this past week and weekend.
But, the Lady Miners would snap that two-game skid with a big road win Monday in Sheridan. Bauxite came away with a 51-43 victory as the Lady Miners took care of the ball for the first time this season, according to firstyear Head Coach Spencer Gay.
“I thought the team played hard,” Gay said. “We’ve been struggling with turnovers lately and it’s the first time I really feel like we took care of the basketball. We were really picky with our shot selection. We did a very good job of working the ball until they got a good shot. That definitely played in our favor.”
The Lady Miners would trail 13-11 after one quarter, but a big second quarter, led by seniors Lauren Bainter’s and Lynsey Mangum’s six points apiece in the frame helped Bauxite to a 26-21 lead at the half.
The two teams played even in the third quarter at seven points each for the 33-28 lead after three, and the Lady Miners put up their highest scoring output of the game in the fourth, outscoring the Lady Jackets 18-15 to hold on to victory.
It was Bainter once again who led the Lady Miners, putting up a season-high 23 points, 14 in the first half, and was 7 of 7 from the free
“Sometimes I really don’t realize how much she scores until the game is over,” Gay said of Bainter. “She gets so much attention inside the paint and that’s really what opens up our other kids with open shots from the outside.”
The main recipient from the outside was sharpshooter Mangum, who came through with 13 points, including two first-half 3-pointers.
“Mangum is an enigma to me,” Gay said. “It’s my first year with her and she’s still trying to figure out my system. She’s been really free with the shots that she takes. I love her to death because she has no conscience. She wants to shoot the ball.”
Gay said Mangum has probably earned her starting spot back after coming off the bench the last three
games and producing.
“She started the first two games of the season and has come off the bench the last three games,” Gay said. “She’s still putting up 10 point per game off the bench. I think last night she re-established herself as the starter. She can really score the ball.”
Sophomore Bethany Harrell followed with six points, junior Olivia Mcdade added five and senior Cynia Johnson had four points in the win.
The Lady Miners will get the rest of Thanksgiving week off before resuming play in the Bill Gibbs Tournament Tuesday in Haskell at Daniel Henley Fieldhouse. Bauxite tips off with Perryville at 4 p.m.
The Bauxite Miners fell in a close one in the nightcap in Sheridan Monday, losing 41-36 to the Yellowjackets for their second straight defeat to move to 3-2 on the season. The Miners will also be playing in the Bill Gibbs, taking on Perryville Tuesday at 5:20 p.m.
Bauxite senior Lauren Bainter looks to pass in a game earlier this season. Bainter led the Lady Miners with 23 points in a 51-43 victory over the Lady Jackets in Sheridan Monday. Bainter’s 23 was a seasonhigh.