DUMAS â€“ On paper, it was supposed to be no contest. But the Bauxite Lady Miners certainly contested though they fell short in a 44-33 season-ending loss to the Star City Lady Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class 4A South Region on Wednesday.
â€śI told the girls before the game that I felt like we were the only 20 people in the state that had a chance to beat this team,â€ť said Bauxite head coach Joshua Harrison.
On paper it was to be a mismatch. The Lady Bulldogs had only one loss to Monticello while the Lady Miners had nearly a dozen losses under their belt and carried a four seed into the tournament in what Harrison said is one of the toughest leagues in which to compete.
The Lady Miners (19-12) gave nothing away in the first half. Buckets by Allison Tackett and Makayla Blanchett and a pair of foul shots by Mary Crow kept the Lady Miners to within three points at 11-8 after the first quarter.
Star Cityâ€™s Laurin Pooreeâ€™s two 3-point shots kept the Lady Bulldogs in front.
The second quarter was even tighter. Crow had three buckets accounting for six of her team-high 14 points and only trailed Star City 23-19 at the half.
At that point, the Lady Miners were in excellent position.
â€śI want to be a possession or two down in the last two minutes,â€ť said Harrison.
But the third quarter was their undoing.
The Lady Miners could get nothing on the offensive end scoring just two points the entire period.
â€śI think fatigue got us a little bit,â€ť said Harrison.
Another factor, Harrison said, was that he didnâ€™t believe Crow was completely healthy.
â€śI donâ€™t truly believe Mary is 100 percent,â€ť Harrison said. â€śShe made some decisions that she doesnâ€™t normally do to try to force some things that we donâ€™t normally do. I think we forced some stuff.â€ť
The end result was a season-ending loss for the team with just one lone senior and four sophomores that have logged significant minutes throughout the year.
â€śWe just fell a little short tonight,â€ť Harrison said. â€śIt was not for lack of effort.â€ťView more articles in: