No. 6 Lady Saints upset at home by Lady Texans, 75-63
Saturday, 20 November 2010 12:20
By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
The Lady Saints haven’t scheduled push-overs at their early-season classics, and while that may pay off later, it has come at a cost.
The Lady Saints fell to South Plains 75-63 Friday in the first game of the Dock at Billy’s/Days Inn Classic.
Kelsey Willson had a stand-out night with 29 points for the Lady Saints, but poor perimeter shooting and too many fouls were too much to overcome.
The Lady Saints rallied early, but could not find another run.
South Plains tok an early 8-0 lead, but the Lady Saints outscored the Lady Texans 16-6 over the next four minutes to take a 16-14 lead.
Seward’s last lead in the game came with 8:22 remaining int he first half when Willson’s shot in the paint gave the Lady Saints a 19-17 advantage.
But three straight trips to the free throw line for South Plains led to six straight points and a 23-19 Lady Texans lead.
And that was the beginning of a rare run against the Lady Saints. South Plains outscored Seward 21-4 in a five-minute period that gave the Lady Texans a 38-23 advantage.
Willson ended the run with a three-point basket with 2:41 to play in the half. It was the only three that Lady Saints would make all night.
The Lady Siants coninuted to cut the 15-point deficit down to seven with 1:30 to play in the half when Autumn Miller connected on a pair of free throws to make the score 39-32.
But the lack of offensive rebounds came back to haunt the Lady Saints in the seocnd half.
Seward only had eight offensive rebounds while South Plains had 15. The Lady Texans out-rebounded Seward 44-31 for the game.
And the perimeter shots were not falling for the Lady Saints, either. Seward made just one of 16 attempts in the game for 6 percent.
South Plains only took 10 shots from deep range and made three of them for 30 percent.
But it was the excessive number of fouls in the first half and second that prevented the Lady Saints from making a comeback. South Plains made 13 of 17 free throw attempts in the first half and finished the game making 28 of 41. The Lady Saints only went to the line 24 times and made 18 of them.
Afer trailing by as many as 14, the Lady Saints reduced the Lady Texans lead to eight with four minutes to play and had a chance to get closer when Hanna Bognar went to the line for a one-and-one. But she missed the first shot. Hanna Rotolo, who scored nine in the game, had a chance to narrow the score as well and made one of two free throw opportunities after Bognar’s miss. The Lady Saints then tried to foul down the stretch, but the Lady Texans made six of eight shots in the final towo minutes to preserve the 75-63 win.
Late Saturday, Seward faced Frank Phillips. See results in Monday’s Leader.