Lady Bears turn back Orangefield, 46-43

Published 9:53 pm Friday, January 22, 2016

LITTLE CYPRESS — Making all of the big plays at the end, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears held off the Orangefield Lady Bobcats 46-43 in exciting District 24-4A action aat The Bear Cave Friday night.

The Lady Bears put the game away when post Sheridan Rogers had a beautiful assist to guard Grace Chen, who finished at the basket to make it 46-43 with just less than 30 seconds remaining.

The Lady Bobcats had a good open look from three-point range as the buzzer sounded as Bethany Green’s three-point attempt hit the front of the rim and bounced off as the Lady Bears were able to hang on.

The win pushes the Lady Bears to 5-3. Orangefield remains in second-place at 6-2, one game behind first-place Silsbee.

The Lady Bobcats led 36-33 heading into the final quarter. They could not sustain it as LC-M went on a 13-6 tear to finish the game.

Orangefield hurt itself from the free-throw line, going 1-for-5 in the fourth quarter and 11-of-25 overall.

Chen led the Lady Bears attack with 16 points, five coming in the final quarter and nine in the second quarter.

Kaitlin McCallon chimed in with nine points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bears. Alia Brown tallied eight points. Rogers finished with four points and six boards while Maddie Frey had seven rebounds. Alyssa McKellar came off the bench to score seven points.

Post Sabryn Crain led the Lady Bobcats with a double-double, tallying 10 points while snagging 13 rebounds. Green finished with nine points and five rebounds.

Hanna Lowe and Kaylyn Nelson each had seven points and five rebounds while Emmi Lummus added six points.

Orangefield led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter with Lowe scoring five points. Chen got hot for the Lady Bears in the second quarter as they trimmed the Orangefield lead to 26-25 at the half.

Orangefield finished with 21 turnovers while LC-M had 19. The Lady Bears struggled at the line as well, going just 9-of-21. LC-M finished with a 36-32 reboiunding edge.

LC-M will hit the road Tuesday by visiting Hamshire-Fannett while the Lady Bobcats look to rebound at home in a big showdown against Silsbee.