By Larry Lamb
CROCKETT — Crockett Lady Bulldogs wrapped up the first half of district with dominating wins over Onalaska 71-44 and Tarkington 48-20.
The Lady Bulldogs (6-1) sit in second place at the district midpoint. After starting the second half Tuesday against Trinity, Crockett faces crucial road games with New Waverly (5-2) on Friday and Anderson-Shiro (7-0) next Tuesday.
In both of last week's games, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to commanding early leads.
Travelling to Onalaska last Tuesday, Crockett came out of the gate and outscored the hosts 18-6 in the first quarter. The Lady Dogs led 38-17 at halftime and 51-33 at the end of three.
In the final period, senior Tocarra Johnson canned 15 points to lead a 20-11 run.
Johnson finished the night with 31 points and was joined in double figures by Tania Davis (1 trey) and A'Naya Wooten with 18 apiece. Edrinette Simpson and Naomi Taylor each had 2.
Johnson noted that Simpson, a freshman, "stepped up big-time on defense."
The only blemish on Crockett's performance was free throw shooting. The Lady Dogs struggled at the line, hitting just 8 of 28 for 29 percent,
Hosting Tarkington on Friday, Crockett raced out to a 26-6 halftime lead and extended it to 41-9 after three quarters.
Coach TaNesiah Johnson wasn't pleased that her team was outscored 11-7 in the fourth. "That's unacceptable," she said.
Johnson paced Crockett's scoring with 29 points. Tania Davis followed with 10, Wooten chipped in 6, Keyonna Davis 2 and Taylor had 1.
"Tocarra carried the load, but we've got to have three in double figures against teams where it counts," said the coach.
Coach Johnson noted her team drastically cut down on turnovers. "We had 20 turnovers for the whole game and only 10 in the first half, which is amazing for us. We usually have 20 in the first half," she said.
The Lady Dogs also had a solid night in the free throw department, connecting 10 of 16 for 63 percent. "That's where we should be. The last two games we shot around 30 percent or lower at the line. We stepped up and made our season high tonight," Johnson said.
Defensively, Johnson rated her team's defensive performance against Tarkington as "perfect."
New Waverly 5-2
Friday, Jan. 13
Crockett 48, Tarkington 20
Coldspring 53, Trinity 19
Anderson 46, Shepherd 32
New Waverly 64, Onalaska 18
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Crockett 71, Onalaska 44
Anderson 56, Coldspring 42
New Waverly 52, Shepherd 38
Tarkington 63, Trinity 13