Devilettes down Lady Cats in bidistrict again

Published 8:50 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

KOUNTZE –  For the second straight season in the Class 4A Region III bidistrict playoffs, the Huntington Devilettes got the best of the Orangefield Lady Bobcats.

After defeating the Lady Bobcats 54-49 in the same round a season ago, Huntington toppled Orangefield 50-37 at Kountze High School Monday night.

Trailing the Lady Bobcats (26-10), the 22-4A runnerups at intermission, the Devilettes, the third-place team out of 21-4A, went on a 14-3 spurt in the third quarter and went on to outscore Orangefield 27-12 in the second half to pull away.

The Devilettes, without a senior on the roster, were led by solid outings from juniors Jenna Flourney, Micayla Harvard and Tatum Williams.

Flourney finished with a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds from her forward spot. Point guard Harvard had 15 points and seven boards while post Tatum Williams added 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Devilettes only suited out seven player but were able to avoid major foul trouble.

The Lady Bobcats simply couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end and lost leading scorer on the season guard Faith Fregia to a possible concussion late in the second quarter.

Senior post Cameron Choate wrapped up a great run in a Lady Bobcat  uniform as she had eight points and seven rebounds. Junior point guard Emmi Lummus also had eight points while Taylor Decker had seven. Tatum Garlington finished with six points and a game-hight eight rebounds. Fregia scored five first-half points.

The Lady Bobcats led 25-23 at intermission but the Lady Devilettes turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter, holding Orangefield to just one field goal coming from Garlington.

Flourney took over in the third, scoring eight points for Huntington while Williams added four as the Lady Devilettes snagged a 37-28 cushion going to the fourth.

Huntington led 40-30 with five minutes remaining but the Lady Bobcats battled back to within 41-37 as Lummus had a pair of buckets and Choate had three points to lead a 7-1 surge.

That would be as close as the Lady Bobcats would get as Huntington finished with a 9-0 flurry, mostly from the free-throw line.

The Devilettes finished with 23 more free-throw attempts. Huntington was 22-of-35 from the line while Orangefield went just 4-of-12.

Huntington finished [VW1] with a 28-25 rebounding edge. The Devilettes finished with 22 turnovers while the Lady Bobcats had 20.

Huntington led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter but the Lady Bobcats caught fire in the second period, outscoring the Devilettes 17-13 to grab a two-point halftime edge.

Decker helped lead the surge with five points in the period, including a three-pointer, while Lummus and Fregia each had three-pointers to help the spark.