Clutch free throws lift Lady Bears past Nederland in OT
Van Wade The Orange Leader
LITTLE CYPRESS —
Clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch and hard-nosed rebounding kept the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears alive in the District 20-4A playoff chase Tuesday night as they edged out the Nederland Lady Bulldogs 50-48 in a overtime thriller at The Bear Cave.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout but the Lady Bears (13-18, 5-7) made their charity shots when it counted the most and the Lady Bulldogs (14-16, 4-8) simply did not.
LC-M drained all 12 of its free throws in the fourth period to help force the overtime while Nederland was just 9-of-15 from the line in the period.
Lady Bear Kayleigh Roy, who paced her team again with yet another dynamic double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, scored seven points in the fourth period and extra session and scored off a key steal in overtime to put the Lady Bears up to stay.
Nederland’s Sarah Nelson tried a desperation three-point shot to win it at the buzzer but it fell short.
The Lady Bears simply got it done all night from the foul line, converting 24-of-32 attempts while the Lady Bulldogs went just 20-for-39.
The Lady Bears led 30-27 heading into the fourth quarter but the Lady Bulldogs wouldn’t go away.
Nederland post Kelsey Beard muscled inside for eight of her team-high 13 points in the fourth, helping the Lady Bulldogs to a 42-38 lead. However, the Lady Bears responded to tie it, getting a big basket from guard Grace Chen and four straight free throws by Roy and Josie Nimitz as the teams went into the extra session tied at 44-44.
Seven players fouled out of the melee as both teams piled up 27 fouls apiece. Nederland had four foul out while the Lady Bears had three.
Tara Thompson had 10 points and seven fouls for LC-M before fouling out in the fourth.
Chen and Nimitz tallied six points apiece. The Lady Bears also finished with a 45-36 rebounding edge. Posts Sheridan Rogers and Tori Thompson combined for 16 boards, each grabbing eight.
The rebounding edge certainly helped the Lady Bears, who were also turnover-prone on the night by committing 29 of them while Nederland had just 19.
Beard led the Lady Bulldogs with nine rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Kayla Britt notched 11 points and eight rebounds before fouling out. Guard Kinsey Miller had eight points and seven boards before fouling out while fellow guard Jalie Bell also had eight points.
The Lady Bears led 8-7 at the end of the first period and 17-16 at intermission as neither team could find their footing offensively in the first 16 minutes.
The Lady Bears will travel to first-place and state-ranked Beaumont Ozen Friday and will host Lumberton next Tuesday, which could decide the fourth and final playoff berth in 20-4A. LC-M is now up a game on both Nederland and Lumberton (4-8), which fell to second-place Vidor (25-6, 10-2) 71-55 Tuesday.
Lumberton hosts Livingston before visiting LC-M Tuesday while Nederland visits Port Neches-Groves Friday before hosting Ozen next Tuesday.
BC girls 58, Silsbee 46
SILSBEE - The Bridge City Lady Cardinals jumped on the Silsbee Lady Tigers early to go on to post a 58-46 District 21-3A victory at Tiger Gym Tuesday night. The Lady Cardinals (4-6 in district) outscored the Lady Tigers (0-11 in district) with a 16-6 spurt to start the game and then held Silsbee at bay the rest of the way.
Kelsey Fults spearheaded the Lady Cardinal attack with 26 big points and nine rebounds.
Bailee Bacon chimed in with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Alexus Henry had 10 points, four rebounds and two steals.
It was a total team effort for Bridge City as Kasey Frederick had seven rebounds and four steal. Harleigh Myers yanked down seven rebounds and Caylin Choate swiped three steals.
Kay Lewis led Silsbee with 18 points while Ciera Martin added 10.
The Lady Cardinals return home Friday when they play host to Hamshire-Fannett.
H-J 58, OF girls 28
SOUR LAKE _ The first-place Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks strolled past the Orangefield Lady Bobcats 58-28 in District 21-3A action at Hawks Gym Tuesday night.
The Lady Hawks (11-0 in 21-3A play) utilized a 21-9 run in the first quarter and went on to lead the Lady Bobcats (14-12, 6-5) 35-15 at intermission.
Post Morgan Moss led the Lady Bobcats with 12 points. Carley Choate filtered in seven points while Priscilla Garza had six rebounds and Paige Perales grabbed four.
The Lady Bobcats will host the West Orange-Stark Lady Mustangs for Senior Night Friday.
The Lady Bobcats remain a half game ahead of Hamshire-Fannett for the third-place playoff berth. H-F (5-5 in district) fell to second-place Buna Tuesday.