AMBER — Alex had to grind out their 34-29 first round win over the Dibble girls, and they’ll be hoping to shoot much more efficiently in the semifinals.
The Lady Longhorns had enough players get their shots to fall, with Holly Anderson, Tessa Langford, and Kaylee Warrior all finishing on seven points each. Freshman Brooke James had the game-high for the young Dibble tem with 12 points before fouling out in a rough-and-tumble encounter. Augusta Duty finished with eight points.
There was more action away from the method of scoring points than there was at the bucket in the first half. Both teams were aggressive on defense, contributing to the relatively low score line. Neither team could get the lid off the rim, finishing the first quarter at just 6-3 with Alex in the lead.
Autumn Zachary tried to lift that in the second quarter. She grabbed a jumper and the game’s first three pointer to help spark a 11-2 run for the Lady Longhorns. Dibble was unable to capitalize on a mismatch down low, where Augusta Duty could only grab four first half points despite being one of the tallest players on the floor. And despite plenty of shots doing up, it was 17-5 Alex going into halftime.
Brooke James took control in the second half. She sank eight points in the third quarter, including two from the free throw line, and the majority of her team’s 14 points. Alex was still struggling from beyond the arc, an area they thrive in, especially to keep leads. The Lady Demons chipped away.
Duty’s first field goal in the second half cut the deficit to just five for Dibble early in the fourth. The closest they got was three, but Alex were content to run out the minute-and-a-half left, forcing Dibble to foul to stop the clock. Three late free throws by Holly Anderson maintained Alex’s lead.