The number one ranked Melbourne Lady Bearkatz hosted the number two ranked ladies team in 2A, the Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs Monday evening for a conference matchup.
The two teams had a combined 28-2 record going into the night’s game. Both of the team’s loses came from 5A East schools.
Head coach of the Lady Bearkatz Eric Teague had high praise for the Lady Bulldogs, “Tuckerman has a very good team, they are pretty deep on their bench and they have a lot of team speed.”
The Lady Bearkatz (14-1 3-0) started out the contest with a 10-3 run that forced an early timeout by the Lady Bulldogs (15-2, 4-1).
After the timeout the Lady Dogs cut their deficit, but never took the lead.
Both teams only committed one foul each in the first, so free throw shooting was kept to a minimum.
The Lady Katz did not start the second quarter as hot as they did in the first. However, they used their height to their advantage.
Jenna Lawrence and Kylee Humphries used their stature to force Tuckerman into tough shots all night long.
Lanie Cornelius hit a three with just seconds left in the half to push the Lady Bearkatz’ lead to six.
Melbourne went on another run to open up the second half. This one was not as long as the opening one, but still gave the Lady Katz their first double digit lead of the night.
Even though the Lady Bearkatz seemed to be rolling, they got into foul trouble as a team. They cut their fouls back in the fourth quarter to just one as a team.
In the final quarter the Lady Bearkatz held the ball to burn time as much as they could.
The defense of Melbourne held Tuckerman scoreless the entire fourth quarter to hang on and win 45-34.
Teague said “it was a defensive battle, not a lot of scoring.”
Lawrence led the Lady Bearkatz in scoring with 14 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds Josie Roark added 13 and Williams Baptist signee Kiley Webb chipped in seven.
The boys contest that was scheduled was canceled.
The Lady Bearkatz will stay in Melbourne for their Friday night conference matchup with the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves.