Cowgirls even record with win against Lady Bears

Gold-Burg came into Bryson gym Tuesday, Nov. 15 for its season opener with the Cowgirls basketball team looking to see what it needed to work on.

The Lady Bears held tough for a quarter but a 16-1 second quarter by Bryson allowed the squad to pull away and post a 41-26 win.

Bryson, who lost 38-25 to Midway in its opener Friday, Nov. 11, goes to 1-1. Cowgirl coach Emily Chenault was pleased with the way her squad turned it on after the slow start.

“We can definitely build on this with our press,” Chenault said. “We can always use more prep time.”

Even though the visitors were 0-14 shooting from the field in the first half, Bryson had its shooting woes too, despite getting several offensive rebounds. Of Bryson’s 18 first half rebounds, 13 were on the offensive end. Riley Valliant, who had all four first quarter points for the Cowgirls, got the squad back on the board more than two minutes into the second.

Midway through the second, Bryson received buckets from seniors Allie Orr and Tracy Hauger on consecutive possessions. That got the offense going as Brooke Bennett and Kaylie Sherrin followed with free throws, as did Orr as the lead got to 14-3.

The 12-0 Bryson run was finally shut off as Gold-Burg made a free throw with 1:55 left in the half. Orr capped an eight-point frame with a pair of buckets with Bennett adding another in the final 90 seconds to take a 20-4 lead at the half.

The visitors picked up their first bucket of the game with barely a minute gone in the third. The deficit got down to 12 before a Valliant three-pointer with 5:22 left in the quarter.

Bryson, which was 1-17 shooting in the first quarter, went back into the doldrums by converting just 2-12 attempts in the third. The Cowgirls missed six straight shots before a Valliant bucket closed the frame.

Gold-Burg was 4-10 shooting in the third quarter but still found itself down 26-14 heading into the final quarter. The Lady Bears got within nine before sophomore Braydee Thorne’s pair of baskets got the lead back to 13.

The visitors wouldn’t go away, however, drawing within eight on another three-pointer with 1:30 to go, taking advantage of the Cowgirls missing 15 shots in a row. Bryson had another answer late, however, on baskets from Orr and Hauger to secure the win.

Valliant had 14 points and 14 rebounds with Orr tossing in 11 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead the Cowgirls.

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