A close game throughout turned into a 61-55 victory for the Bauxite Lady Miners over the Magnet Cove Lady Panthers in non-conference action Monday night at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “Magnet Cove is a very skilled and hard-working team. They’ve got a lot of talent, they shoot the ball well and they’re very aggressive.”
Lady Miners junior Mary Crow scored 14 points in the first half on her way to a 24-point, six-rebound, six-assist night. She added two steals.
“When you got one like that, you have to let her play,” Harrison said of Crow. “She wasn’t in foul trouble tonight. When she gets the ball in her hands against pressure, you just feel comfortable.”
Bauxite (8-3) led 47-45 with 4:07 left in the game when Crow had three consecutive assists for the Lady Miners to push the lead to 53-45. Crow assisted sophomore Allison Tackett and junior Makayla Blanchett on consecutive cuts to the basket and found Blanchett down low for a layup to conclude the 6-0 run with 2:37 left in the game.
“I thought we could get them being over-aggressive and I was hoping to get some back-cuts or some curl-cuts,” Harrison said. “They stepped up and made a few free throws.”
The Lady Miners hit their last eight free throws of the game to hold on to the victory and shot 17-22 (77 percent) for the game. Bauxite shot 50 percent (20-40) from the floor, while holding Magnet Cove to just 37 percent shooting.
Bauxite won the first and second quarters each by one point to take a 26-24 halftime lead. The score was 40-39 Bauxite after the third quarter before the Lady Miners pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Even though the Lady Panthers were full-court pressing the whole game, the Lady Miners handled it pretty well, finishing with 14 turnovers, but many of those coming from Bauxite’s half-court offense.
“We knew they were going to run their full-court pressure and I thought we did a good job of handling their pressure,” Harrison said. “We got the ball inbounds pretty cleanly and we were smart in our passes.”
Blanchett scored 10 points in the second half to finish with 14 points and four rebounds for the game. Senior Alaina Crouse had seven points and seven rebounds, and Tackett had seven points and six rebounds.
For the Lady Panthers, Lainie Gibson had 18 points and Erin Pankey added 14 points and six rebounds.
“We played hard,” Harrison said. “It was a good test and another good non-conference game.”
The Lady Miners take on Nashville at home on Friday.
The Bauxite Miners needed overtime to squeak out a 54-50 win over the Magnet Cove Panthers in Bauxite on Monday night.
Down 47-42 with 1:19 left in regulation, Miners’ junior point guard Chris Revas hit a 3-pointer assisted by Trent Rooks to get within three points with 54 seconds remaining in the game.
Magnet Cove’s Aaron Hamby had an open layup when he received a pass from the other end of the court, but he travelled to give the ball back to Bauxite.
After a Miner miss, junior post player Tyler Hill picked up the offensive rebound and was fouled as he hit a layup to tie it 47-47 with 24 seconds left. Hill missed the free throw, but Revas came up with the rebound and the game went into overtime.
The Miners (6-3) hit 5 of 8 free throws in overtime and Hill had a big layup off of a Hunter Holder kick to put Bauxite up 52-50 with 44 seconds left. Holder, a sophomore, hit 2 of 2 free throws to push the lead to 54-50 for the final score.
“Chris Revas hit some big, big shots,” Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said. “Revas kind of saved us. He hit shots when no one else was when we were in a drought.”
Revas scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and hit 3 of 6 3-pointers for the game. Revas added six rebounds.
“They made the plays and made the shots that they needed to and we didn’t,” Magnet Cove Coach Mark Hamby said. “Give credit to Bauxite, they played great defense.”
The game was tied 2-2 in the first quarter before the Panthers went on a 14-2 run to take a 16-4 lead with 7:16 left in the second quarter. Revas made a layup to stop the bleeding, and the Miners countered with a 12-4 run to be down 20-18 at the half.
“If we didn’t make that run right before the half, I think we would have been in a lot of trouble,” Smith said. “It gave us a little bit of confidence and kind of got us back into it.”
Hunter Linam hit a 3-pointer for Magnet Cove to start the second half, but Revas countered with two consecutive 3s to give Bauxite its first lead of the game at 24-23. It was a back-and-forth affair after that.
Both teams shot 34 percent for the game, but bad free-throw shooting and 18 turnovers by the Panthers allowed the Miners to stay in it after the slow start. The Panthers hit 21-34 free throws to the Miners’ 13-20.
“Obviously not our best game by any means,” Smith said. “We just weren’t really very focus and it showed. I told our guys the effort was good, we just couldn’t execute. We couldn’t keep them off the free-throw line.”
Bauxite senior guard Cody McPherson shot poorly (6-22), but finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. Hill had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
For Magnet Cove, Jace Allen had 23 points and Hamby had 15 points and eight rebounds.
“Hopefully we’ll get better,” Smith said. “Endure the bad waves and try to ride out the good waves and tonight there were a lot of bad waves to endure.
“It was an ugly win, but it was a win and that’s the main thing for us. We’ll take it.”