It took the Lady Steers (16-14, 4-4) over five minutes to score during Tuesday's meeting with No. 17 Abilene Wylie. Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs seemed as if they couldn't miss a shot, outscoring Big Spring 32-5 in the first half.
With about four minutes remaining before halftime, a fire alarm was tripped, halting the action for about 10 minutes. It was just a false alarm, but unfortunately for Big Spring it didn't interrupt Wylie's rhythm. The Lady Bulldogs went home with their perfect District 4-3A record intact after a 60-24 blowout win.
Dyrshae Vanderbilt broke the ice with a two-point basket for BSHS and Logan Yarbar — the lone senior on the team who was honored at the intermission for her contributions to high school sports — sank a three-point shot, but that was all the Lady Steers could muster in the opening quarters.
“It's tough to play (Wylie),” BSHS Head Coach Mike Warren said. “They are ranked No. 17 and they are legitimate. They probably should even be ranked higher. They are definitely the best team in our district. They jumped on us early and played great defense, but I felt we had a good third quarter and good fourth quarter to make it a respectable game.”
Signs of offensive life finally came in the third period; as Vanderbilt, Yarbar, Julianna Rodriguez and Alexis Cansino each scored, but the Lady Bulldogs couldn't be slowed down.
Vanderbilt accounted for all eight of Big Spring's points in the final quarter and 13 total.
“She was our leading scorer,” Warren said. “She hasn't scored much lately, but last night she seemed to find her touch.”
Warren also praised Yarbar for her time on the court.
“I'm so proud of her,” Warren added. “She's a four-year lettermen and we put her on the best player because she's such a hard worker. She has a good attitude and that's why she's had so much success this year. Her scoring has picked up and she is more accurate with her three-point shots. We will be sad to see her go.”
Though it was an ugly showing for the Lady Steers, they are still likely to earn a postseason berth if they can finish strong on the road against Monahans on Friday and Greenwood on Tuesday.
The Steers were looking at an 18-point deficit before sophomore Ty Sealy put points on the board for BSHS, and that would set the tone for Friday's dismal, 84-35 outing against No. 5 ranked Abilene Wylie.
Tavaris Walker led the Steers' anemic offense with nine points, Tyler Wigington added seven and Tobyn Tannehill hit six.
The Steers aren't completely out of the playoff picture. With a 2-4 District 4-3A record, a strong finish could be enough to propel them to the postseason.
Three-of-four teams remaining on the schedule have struggled against Big Spring — Greenwood — who won by only four points at their last meeting — and Sweetwater and Snyder — both of which BSHS have defeated.
First, they will try to avenge a loss against Monahans on Tuesday on the road.
PLAINS — After last week's stunning win over then No. 5-ranked Smyer and a road victory against Sundown, the Lady Buffs (19-9, 5-3) felt pretty good going into their rematch with now No. 4-ranked Plains on Tuesday.
Trailing by only seven at the halfway mark, the game seemed within reach for the Lady Buffaloes, but Plains caught fire, outscoring Forsan 36-18 in the final two quarters of play to take a 69-44 win.
“We got down early,” said FHS Head Coach Lindsey Schmidt. “We got into some foul trouble, but the effort was tremendous. We actually went ahead in the third quarter, 34-32 after being down 17 points in the first. They played hard, but in the second half of the third quarter, we got away from what we were doing well and didn't play very disciplined.”
Ali Knight led FHS with 17 points and Maria Ortiz put up 13.
“(Knight) had a big game for us,” Schmidt said. “She really stepped up. She scored 17 points and really hustled on defense and did a lot of good things last night.”
Schmidt's team has already guaranteed themselves a playoff spot and looks forward to the possibility of facing either Smyer or Plains for a third time.
“I hope we do get to play Plains again,” Schmidt added. “Or Smyer. It wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit.”
The Lady Buffs will host Seagraves on Friday.
PLAINS — The Buffaloes fared well on the road against Plains, defeating the Cowboys 71-55 to improve to 16-8 on the season and 6-1 in district play.
Aric Hernandez sizzled for Forsan and had a game-high 19 points. Kade Fannin added 15 points and got 14 boards and Matthew Mims registered 14 for the Buffs, who have secured a postseason berth.
“Plains maintained intense pressure throughout the game,” Head Coach Gary Huckabee said. “but the Buffs were able to stay composed and hit some good shots.”
The Buffs will try to keep rolling against Seagraves on Friday.
COAHOMA — The Lady Buffaloes (10-20, 5-3) edged District 4-2A rival Coahoma on Tuesday, defeating the Bulldogettes 32-29 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Jennifer Henley's 10 points led Stanton while Savannah Neff scored a game-high 11 points for Coahoma, who led by three at the half.
“It was a great defensive game,” CHS Head Coach Paul Hartman said. “We just couldn't hit the shots last in the game when we needed to.”
The Bulldogettes will travel to Colorado City on Friday, while the Lady Buffs will host Brownfield.
COAHOMA — Up 17 at the half, the Buffaloes piled on too many points for the Bulldogs to overcome as Stanton defeated district foe Coahoma on Tuesday, 46-34.
Three Buffaloes scored in double-digits; Cole Schroyer and Scott Smith each registered 14 points and K.J. Glaspie added 10 during the lopsided victory.
Tanner Ruiz led the Bulldogs with 10.
Coahoma will be on the road against Colorado City on Friday. Stanton will welcome district leader Brownfield.
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