Girls basketball: Lady Steers cruise past Cooper 45-35
HERALD Photo/Tony Claxton â€” Big Springâ€™s Valerie Ross shoots over Cooperâ€™s Deann Grisso in the Lady Steersâ€™ 45-35 win over Abilene Cooper Saturday in Steer Gym.
All the Big Spring Lady Steers needed was a spark to fend off Abilene Cooper in a 45-35 win Saturday in Steer Gym.
The Lady Steersâ€™ mishaps and turnovers prevented them from gaining a substantial lead over Cooper, but they were in a tied game 24-24 as the third quarter was coming to an end.
That spark they needed came in the form of a 10-2 run, thanks to clutch shooting from Cerbi Ritchey, Valerie Ross and Mackenzie Stone.
â€śI thought it was our defense,â€ť head coach Mike Warren said. â€śThatâ€™s what weâ€™re trying to hang our hat on. We want to start off every game doing that. First half, it was just turnovers, threw the ball away a little bit, missed shots and they got confidence. We just went down and regrouped at halftime. They did a good job.â€ť
While Big Spring â€” or Cooper for that matter â€” couldnâ€™t put the opponent away, Ritcheyâ€™s bucket started the run, giving Big Spring a 26-24 lead. Then Ritchey got a steal on the next Cooper possession, leading to a huge 3-pointer from Ross to push the lead to 29-24.
While Cooper answered with a score, Mackenzie Stone made a bucket at the 2:33 mark, Big Spring forced a turnover and Ritchey completed a 3-point play for the 31-26 lead. The Lady Steers never looked back.
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