Lady Steers top Odessa High
The Lady Steers outscored Odessa High in every quarter to take a 34-23 win in a low-scoring game at the basketball tournament in Andrews.
Cerbi Ritchey led everyone on the court with nine points and 12 rebounds, while Diamond Mayes added eight points and six rebounds. Workhorse Bridgette Tuitt (32 minutes of game time) joined in with seven points and four rebounds.
Big Spring's three top-scorers combined for 70 percent of the Lady Steers' points, 69 percent of their rebounds and were responsible for all three of the team's blocked shots. Tuitt also dropped the lone 3-pointer for the Lady Steers.
In what turned out to be a low-scoring affair, the Lady Steers grabbed a 5-3 first-quarter lead, before outscoring Odessa High 7-4 in the second period to take a 12-7 halftime lead.
Things were a little closer in the third period, as Odessa got its largest output of the night, scoring 10 points. But Big Spring had no intention of letting the early lead fade, as they scored 12 of their own points.
In the final frame, Odessa had been through enough and the Lady Steers easily outscored them 10-6 to seal an 11-point win.
The Lady Steers will embark on a long, tournament-filled road trip beginning Dec. 6 in Pecos. They will not see the friendly confines of Steer Gym until their Dec. 16 match with Lubbock High. It will represent the team's only home game in the month of December.
However, the girls will begin district play at home, when they host Abilene Wylie Jan. 6 and then Brownwood Jan. 13, with an open date Jan. 10.
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