BAUXITE â€“ Behind 16 points from senior Mary Crow and another 16 by junior Amy Etheridge, the Bauxite Lady Miners handled the Ashdown Panthers in convincing fashion with a 64-45 win Tuesday night.
Junior Allison Tackett also poured in 13 points and senior Makayla Blanchett chipped in eight points, as Bauxite (13-5, 6-1 conference) continues its strong conference play.
â€śI thought offensively we got in a pretty good rhythm,â€ť Head Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śWe did a pretty good job of moving the ball and shot pretty well tonight.â€ť
From the opening tip, it was the Lady Miners who were hot from behind the 3-point line. Early in the first quarter with the score knotted at two, Etheridge knocked down two uncontested 3-point baskets on consecutive possessions to extend the Lady Minersâ€™ lead to 8-2.
â€śI was really proud of Amy,â€ť Harrison said. â€śI thought that was the best game she has played all year.
With a 12-7 lead, it was Crowâ€™s turn from behind the arc as she drilled two more 3-point baskets that pushed the Lady Miner lead to 18-7.
At the end of the first quarter, Bauxite led Ashdown 20-9.
In the second quarter, it was Etheridge who again jump started the Lady Minersâ€™ offense. Etheridge scored the first five points of the second quarter to put Bauxite comfortably ahead 25-9.
Midway through the second quarter, Bauxiteâ€™s shooters began to cool off, allowing Ashdown to climb its way back into the game. The Panthers closed the half on a 9-2 run and only trailed the Lady Miners 32-23 heading into the locker room.
â€śDefensively I didnâ€™t think we played really well,â€ť Harrison said. â€śI thought we sat around way too much. Thatâ€™s something weâ€™re going to have to go back and work on.â€ť
Bauxite opened up the second half on a 10-4 run, giving them a 42-27 advantage halfway through the third quarter. A Crow 3-pointer late in the third quarter gave the Lady Miners a 53-37 lead.
Bauxite would go on and outscore Ashdown 11-8 in the fourth quarter, with Etheridge adding five more points to her total.
On the evening, Bauxite shot a lights-out 54 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the 3-point line. On the flip side, the Lady Miners limited the Panthers to shoot 27 percent from the field and 19 percent from behind the arc.
â€śIf weâ€™ll play as hard on defense as we do on offense, we can be a really good team,â€ť Harrison said. â€śWeâ€™re not going to out-athlete anybody, so we have to do those fundamental things.â€ť