SNYDER — The Big Spring Lady Steers are entering the offseason a little earlier than they wanted.
In a win-and-in scenario, Snyder clinched third place and a playoff berth with a 44-32 win over Big Spring Tuesday night in the season finale.
The Lady Steers’ woes in the first half continued, which was a big reason for the loss. Big Spring scored seven points in the first half.
But despite that, Big Spring made Snyder sweat a little bit, getting within 10 a few times in the second half after the slow start.
Big Spring’s Cerbi Ritchey expected a tough game considering what was on the line and Snyder wanting to get even after the Lady Steers beat the Lady Tigers earlier this season. She said the slow start, though, was something that had to be avoided.
“We talked about that before the game, how we hadn’t had a very good start the past few games and we needed to start off strong,” said Ritchey, who had a team-high 10 points. “We didn’t do that and it came back to bite us.”
Big Spring only had three field goals in the first half, helping the Lady Tigers’ case for a playoff spot.
At halftime, Ritchey said the message was clear: do or die and the Lady Steers did their best to extend their season.
Two things that played in the Lady Steers’ favor were fouls and turnovers. Both teams had a hard time finding the bucket because of those things, contributing to the low score. That was most evident in the second quarter when both teams combined for eight points.
After being down 23-7 at halftime, the Lady Steers had a shot when Mackenzie Stone’s 3-pointer made it 37-25 Snyder in the fourth.
Then, Ritchey’s bucket made it 37-27 with 3:47 left in the game. While Snyder’s Laura Reigh answered right back with a score, Bridgette Tuitt’s steal led to Valerie Ross’ layup to put the Lady Steers down by 10 again.
Time ran out on Big Spring, though. Snyder started getting to the foul line and making free throws.
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SNYDER — Guarding Big Spring’s Marc Segundo in the third quarter was virtually impossible.
BSHS head coach Cliff Thompson hoped for that much in Tuesday’s 79-63 win over Snyder in District 5-3A play.
“I told the guys coming in,” he said, “if they run the box-and-1 (defense) they ran last time, we’re going to get Segundo the ball and he’s going to hit a bunch of shots and he might have 30.”
Thompson was close in his prediction, a point off actually. Segundo hit six of his eight 3-pointers in the third quarter and was good for 29 points in Tuesday’s win.
While Snyder was tough to put away in the early going, Segundo’s quarter ensured the Tigers weren’t going to hang around much longer.
Segundo’s first 3-pointer in the third gave Big Spring a 34-28 lead after a 3-pointer from Snyder’s Anthony Taylor had the Tigers down by three.
Snyder was still hanging around at 35-30, but another Segundo three made it 38-30. Segundo followed that up with another bucket from beyond the arc, making it 41-30.
Then he just poured it on.
When the Tigers were down 48-40, Segundo hit three consecutive 3-pointers as the quarter ended, making the score 57-43.
The junior doesn’t have much explanation for his performance, but said he knew he had to step up, considering his role is to make those shots.
“I was feeling it,” Segundo said. “It’s all adrenaline. All adrenaline, energy and making shots.”