Lady Bears sink Lady Cardinals

Published 9:22 pm Friday, January 29, 2016

LITTLE CYPRESS – The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears made sure they were not going to fall to the Bridge City Lady Cardinals this time around.

Getting a monstrous night from post Sheridan Rogers, the Lady Bears cruised past the Lady Cardinals 46-24 at The Bear Cave Friday night.

The Lady Bears now stand at 6-4 in District 24-4A play and are just a win away or a Hamshire-Fannett loss away from clinching a playoff berth. The Lady Bears are currently in a battle with Hardin-Jefferson for the third and fourth-place playoff spots while H-F fell to 3-6 with a loss to Silsbee Friday.

The Lady Cardinals (1-8 in district) defeated the Lady Bears at Cardinal Gym in the first half of 24-4A play but simply could not get any offense going on the road Friday.

The Lady Cardinals went scoreless in the first quarter asLC-M held a 8-0 lead. The Lady Bears stretched it to 18-7 at the half as Rogers tallied 10 points and eight rebounds in the first 16 minutes. Rogers finished with a big double-double, scoring 18 points while snagging 12 rebounds.

LC-M upped the margin to 29-13 at the end of the third quarter and never looked back.

Lady Bear point guard Grace Chen chimed in with 15 points and four rebounds. Alia Brown and Renna Toomey scored four points apiece for the Lady Bears. Brown and Kaitlin McCallon added for rebounds apiece for LC-M.

Guard Bailee Bacon led the struggling Bridge City offense, scoring six points while snagging five rebounds. Fellow guard Masen Tyler had five points while Kassidy Wilbur and Avery King had three points apiece.

Carly Fults did pull down 10 rebounds.

Turnovers were also a problem for the Lady Cardinals as they finished with 28 while LC-M had 19, most of them coming in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bears finished with a 35-31 rebounding margin. LC-M went 6-of-9 from the free-throw line while the Lady Cardinals were just 4-of-10.

The Lady Cardinals will host Silsbee Tuesday. The Lady Bears have a bye and will venture to Silsbee next Friday.