Down 14-2 to start the game, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals amped things up fought the good fight that they put forth all year to rally back for a 61-58 Class 3A Region III regional quarterfinal win over the Sweeny Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night at Channelview High School.
The next destination for the Lady Cardinals (33-5) will be a trip to the 3A Region III Tournament at Sam Houston State University Friday at 6:15 p.m. against Fairfield.
The Lady Bulldogs (17-17) were a formidable foe and used their size to their benefit against BC but it was the Lady Cardinals’ quickness that wore down Sweeny.
Trailing 30-28 at the half and with leading scorer Alex Henry’s 16 first-half points sitting on the bench to start the second half, the Lady Cardinals answered the bell in the third to pull away.
“We may down but the Lady Cardinals are never out,” said BC coach Jennifer Willis. “They (Sweeny) were incredibly big inside but I really believe our speed and our pressure wore them down. That third quarter was just so huge for us.”
“Super Sub” Kayla Bratton, who scored 14 points, chimed in with 10 points and two three-pointers alone in the third quarter.
Point guard Caylin Choate, played her usual feisty game and found her way to 12 points and five rebounds. She teamed up with Bratton for 15 points in the third quarter as the Lady Cardinals went on a 20-8 tear to lead 48-38 going to the fourth period.
“Kayla Bratton was amazing off the bench tonight and she’s been doing that all year for us,” said Willis. “Caylin (Choate) is a true point guard in every sense of the word and she got it done scoring and on defense.”
The Lady Bulldogs, however, wouldn’t go away.
The Lady Cardinals led 61-52 with just 0:39 left but Sweeny, behind post Urshel Tims, made it look closer at the end with three late baskets.