Fults bruised her way inside for two more points with 0:13 left and with a 54-51 lead, BC guard Bailee Bacon blocked a three-point attempt by Kayonna Davis to seal it with 1.8 remaining.
Henry was thrilled to get out of Channelview with the big win.
“We’re a hard team to beat because we always make big plays when it counts,” said Henry. “We hurt ourselves with the foul trouble but we played within ourselves and stayed poised at the most important moment. I just love my teammates to death. We are such a tight bunch and we don’t want to let each other down. I kinda took what they gave me tonight. They were playing low on defense and that allowed me to get some good drives to the basket.”
WC outrebounded BC 44-30 but BC’s amped up defense forced the Lady Roughnecks into nine of their 24 turnovers in the fourth period.
WC didn’t help itself from the free-throw line either as the Roughnecks made just 14-of-37 from the charity stripe. BC didn’t fare much better, making just 14-of-30. BC finished with 19 turnovers.
Burton finished with 11 points and seven boards for WC while guard Ondrea Hall had 10 points. Fiffie had seven points and five rebounds while Chantel Ward added five points and six boards.
Frederick had four points and six rebounds for BC. Harleigh Myers came off the bench and scored six big points while Bacon and point guard Caylin Choate added four rebounds apiece.
BC jumped out to a 17-11 lead at the end of the first period thanks to 11 points by Henry in the period. The Lady Roughnecks answered the bell though, going on a 17-8 run before Bacon hit a three-pointer near the end of the half to tie it 28-28.
The Lady Cardinals looked like they were going to take control in the third. After Hall three-pointer gave WC a 31-28 edge, the Lady Cards went on a 10-2 tear to lead 38-33. However, WC finished the period out with a 9-2 spurt to grab a 42-40 lead going to the fourth.
“I felt like our defense would have to carry us in the last quarter and it certainly did,” said Willis. “We were able to throw a bunch of different defenses at them and they all seemed to work well and they (WC) did not shoot the ball that well. They got a lot of second chances with the job they (WC) did on the boards but we tightened that up in that last quarter.”