By Brian Besch
The Big Sandy girls completed one round of district play Friday night by defeating the Lady Bobcats of Hull-Daisetta 54-33 in Dallardsville.
The game was close at the end of the third quarter with the Lady Wildcats holding just a four-point lead at 37-33. However, the Big Sandy defense would ensure a comfortable win, holding Hull-Daisetta scoreless in the final period.
After a bit of a slow start in the first half, the 17 points in the final quarter was the most of any. The Lady Bobcats are improved this season, with a new coach in Dennis Stewart, the former Leggett coach that led the Pirates to an appearance at the state championship.
However, Big Sandy is strong once again, undefeated in district play after one round.
“We missed 13 free throws in the game and that is not the only thing that we didn’t do very well tonight,” Big Sandy coach Ryan Alec said. “We turned the ball over too much and we’re not reading the defense as well as I wanted us to. In certain parts of the game, we have to understand certain situations. We have to be smarter at taking care of possessions and getting into a flow of our offense. In the first half, we didn’t play as well. In the second half, turnovers, again, kind of hurt us. It was one of those things where we didn’t play well, but we played well enough to win.”
Kalyssa Dickens led all scores with 16 points, Alexis Thompson had 13 and Faith Geller 10.
The coach also had some positives for the team.
“I thought our defense stepped up big in the fourth quarter. We made some adjustments and started double-teaming on (Vaquaylon Haskins) a little bit,” Alec said. “That created some turnovers for us, and I thought our defense late in the second half stepped up big for us. We came down and took advantage of those. We had our bigs go up and grab the rebound and get shots back out to our guards. Post play did well today. We tried to get the ball inside quite a bit.”
The coach talked about running his offense away from Haskins, one of the quicker athletes in the district. He felt that gave his team an advantage in the second half. One of the area’s better scorers in Kaylei Armstrong was held to 14 points. She has scored as much as 71 in a game.
“I was proud of our kids. There are things that we have to work on and get better at. We will talk about that as a team on Monday, but overall, I am happy with this win. This is a good win for us.”
The second half began Tuesday with home tip versus Sabine Pass. Friday could provide a stiff challenge, on the road at Evadale.