At the half, the El Campo Ladybirds only led the Fulshear Lady Chargers by four points, on the road Tuesday night. But a big third quarter run by the Ladybirds helped them beat Fulshear 39-18 to remain perfect inside District play.
“We were kind of out of sync for a little bit (tonight),” Ladybirds Coach Gabe Villarreal said. “Finally in the third quarter, we decided to play... They made up their mind and got a little bit of a push there.”
Point guard, sophomore Jackie Nichols did not suit up for Tuesday night’s game. Without Nichols, sophomore Mya Shorter slid over from the wing and ran the point for the Ladybirds.
With 10 points from Shorter in the first half, the Ladybirds took a 17-13 lead into the locker room.
Starting the third quarter, senior guard Aubree Matthews hit a layup to put the Ladybirds up 19-13, and the Ladybirds continued flying from there.
Back-to-back steals, by Matthews and senior post Ca’terra Wilikins, led to layups.
The scoring kept going, junior wing Laura Lee hit Wilikins who was running the floor. Wilikins scored giving the Ladybirds a 25-13 lead.
The Ladybirds defense continued to hold the Lady Chargers to bad passes and when they were able to run a play, they limited them to tough shots over outstretched hands.
“Defensively we finally got our hands up and got in the passing lanes,” Villarreal said. “They hustled to their spots and we were finally able to get some turnovers really quick and go and get some easy baskets.”
Midway through the third quarter, Matthews at the top of the key made a pass to senior post Natalia Terrell as she made a cut down the middle of the lane. Terrell was clobbered on the shot. She’d go to the line, but missed both free throws. Terrell came through on the next play. After a Matthews steal, she made an outlet pass to Shorter. The point guard looked up and found Terrell streaking down the court and passed it to her for a layup.
The Ladybirds quickly went on an 8-0 run before the Lady Chargers broke through getting a point after getting fouled on a putback attempt.
With the score 27-14, the Ladybirds defense continued to put lots of pressure on the Lady Chargers, holding them to just one point in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Chargers started giving the Ladybirds ball handlers some trouble as they began forcing them into turnovers. The Ladybirds defense ran into some trouble by fouling the Lady Chargers and putting them on the line. The Lady Chargers only went two of six at the line and the Ladybirds held them to just four points overall, walking away with a 20-point plus win.
Terrell and Shorter both had 14 points.
With the win, the Ladybirds move to 24-2 on the season and 6-0 in District.
In the TABC poll, the Ladybirds are ranked number 21 in the state. In the TGCA poll, the Ladybirds are ranked number 13.
“I think we got a good group of girls,” Villarreal said. “Sometimes we don’t necessarily operate as smooth as we would like to. We make some mistakes, but we adjust from it and move forward and they were able to do that tonight.”
The El Campo Ricebirds dropped to 0-5 in District after falling to the Chargers 61-31.
Needville and Fulshear lead the boys District with five wins.