Baux­ite pulls away late from HG

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HASKELL – The Baux­ite Lady Min­ers (5-2) were able to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship game of the 12th an­nual Bill Gibbs Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment af­ter a 52-37 win over the Har­mony Grove Lady Car­di­nals (2-5) at

Daniel Hen­ley Field­house in Haskell.

“I think Har­mony Grove did re­ally well. They forced us into a lot of turnovers and bad de­ci­sions early,” said Baux­ite Head Coach Spencer Gay. “Hats off to them for mak­ing it tough on us.”

Both teams came out of the gate swing­ing, shoot­ing ex­tremely well from the field. Baux­ite se­nior cen­ter Lau­ren Bain­ter started things off by get­ting in­side the Lady Car­di­nal de­fense for two easy looks. Then, se­nior guard Erika Qualls would strike

from deep.

Har­mony Grove se­nior guard Kai­ley Souther­land would re­spond by hit­ting back-to-back cor­ner threes. As time ex­pired in the quar­ter, Lady Miner ju­nior guard Olivia Mcdade would also knock down a three. Both teams com­bined for four to­tal 3-point bas­kets as Baux­ite would lead 15-14 af­ter one quar­ter.

The Lady Car­di­nals would con­tinue their hot streak from long range to start the sec­ond quar­ter. Sopho­more guard Kal­lyn Sos­saman and ju­nior for­ward Des­tiny Clegg knocked down backto-back 3-point­ers.

The pace of the game would slow down and be­gin to be­come a back-and-forth con­test, with both teams strug­gling to take care of the ball on of­fense. “Too many turnovers and we gave them way too many of­fen­sive re­bounds,” said de­jected Har­mony Grove Coach Levi Spinks. The Lady Car­di­nals would over­come the sloppy play to take a 24-18 lead into half­time.

In the sec­ond half the mo­men­tum would be­gin to slowly shift to­ward the Lady Min­ers. “There was a lit­tle half­time ad­just­ment,” said Gay. “We kind of set back in the first half, but kind of changed some things like full-court press­ing them. That was the game.”

Baux­ite’s full-court press be­gan to force turnovers and

cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties on the of­fen­sive end. The young Lady Car­di­nal team would be held to only 10 points in the sec­ond half while al­low­ing 34 points. Lady Miner cen­ter Lau­ren Bain­ter would lead the scor­ing bar­rage by putting up an im­pres­sive 18 points in the sec­ond half.

With the loss, the Lady Car­di­nals move to the third­place game of the Bill Gibbs

Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment. They’re sched­uled to face the Poyen Lady In­di­ans (3-1) on Satur­day at 3:30 p.m.

The Lady Min­ers are sched­uled to play the

Mount Ver­non-enola

Lady Warhawks (11-1) on Satur­day at 6 p.m. in the cham­pi­onship game at the Daniel Hen­ley Field­house.

KA­T­RINA CHAVERS/ Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Baux­ite se­nior Lau­ren Bain­ter, 44, goes up for a shot in a game ear­lier this sea­son. Bain­ter had a big sec­ond half to help the Lady Min­ers to a 52-37 vic­tory over Har­mony Grove in the semi­fi­nals of the Bill Gibbs Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment Thurs­day in Haskell.

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