”Board-crashing” Lady Cards squeeze past LC-M

Published 10:05 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2018

LITTLE CYPRESS — After suffering a tough overtime setback to Little Cypress-Mauriceville in the first half of District 22-4A play, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals traveled to The Grove Tuesday night and returned the favor, defeating the Lady Bears 47-44.

The Lady Cardinals crushed the Lady Bears on the boards, outrebounding LC-M 47-32 and received a pair of double-doubles from Kassidy Wilbur and Madison Fischer.

Wilbur powered her way to 14 points and 12 boards while Fischer chimed in with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Guard Chelsea Perry led the Lady Bears with a game-high 19 points, including hitting three three-pointers, and led the squad with nine rebounds. Jacie Miller had 16 points and three three-pointers and tried to rally LC-M back with eight points in the last period.

The Lady Cardinals improved to 3-5 in 22-4A play and are in fourth-place while the Lady Bears dropped to 5-3 and remain in third-place.

Bridge City has two games left to go against WO-S and Hamshire-Fannett and o0ne more win would put them in the postseason.

LC-M has games remaining against first-place Silsbee and second-place Orangefield. The Lady Bears have already clinched a playoff berth.

The Lady Cardinals were up by as much as 38-25 with 0:40 remaining in the third quarter and then had to hold off a late LC-M charge.

LC-M got as close as three points twice in the last eight minutes. Once at 40-37 after a big Miller three-pointer and then a Perry shot to end the game.

The Lady Cardinals were able to escape after some poor free-throw shooting down the stretch. Bridge City was 1-for-12 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and just 10-of-28 for the game. LC-M wasn’t much better, finishing 12-of-25.

The Lady Bears erased a 7-3 deficit in the first quarter to go up 10-7 heading to the second one as Perry had a five-point spurt.

The Lady Cardinals answered with a 17-10 run in the second quarter to go up 24-20 at the half.

Wilbur had eight points in the half, six in the second period. Fischer scored seven points in the quarter. Perry had 10 points in the half and drained a pair of treys.

The Lady Cardinals went on a 14-8 run in the third as Wilbur and Rylee Oceguera had four points apiece to aid the 38-25 Bridge City lead. A three-pointer by Perry trimmed it to 38-28 at the end of the period.

LC-M outscored the Lady Cardinals 16-9 in the final eight minutes as they tried to scrap back, but Bridge City was simply too much on the boards. The Lady Bears were just 4-for-9 from the free-throw line in the fourth.

Bridge City finished with 14 turnovers while LC-M had 13.

Anaiah Hicks had six points and nine rebounds for Bridge City while point guard Maysen Tyler added eight points with four big ones coming in the fourth. Ocerguera grabbed six boards.

Zaria Johnson had six rebounds for the Lady Bears while Brielle Butler hauled down five.