BAUXITE – 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.
“I thought offensively we got in a pretty good rhythm,” Head Coach Josh Harrison said. “We did a pretty good job of moving the ball and shot pretty well tonight.”
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 Miners’ lead to 8-2.
“I was really proud of Amy,” Harrison said. “I thought that was the best game she has played all year.
With a 12-7 lead, it was Crow’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 Miners’ offense. Etheridge scored the first five points of the second quarter to put Bauxite comfortably ahead 25-9.
Midway through the second quarter, Bauxite’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.
“Defensively I didn’t think we played really well,” Harrison said. “I thought we sat around way too much. That’s something we’re going to have to go back and work on.”
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.
“If we’ll play as hard on defense as we do on offense, we can be a really good team,” Harrison said. “We’re not going to out-athlete anybody, so we have to do those fundamental things.”