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    Maci Jones (22) tries to get past the defender during the Cowgirls’ win over Moran Nov. 26. The girls take part in the City View Tournament this weekend in Wichita Falls. Photo/Brian Smith

Bryson girls rout Moran, 39-15

BRYSON – Coaches will admit there are games where you want to have some breathing room to try some different things.

Bryson’s girls basketball team had such a contest Nov. 26 versus Moran, the Cowgirls jumped out to a quick start and were able to try some different things in a 39-15 rout of the Bulldogs. Bryson Coach Rusty Jones said his squad was able to work on offensive and defensive schemes in the second half to help go to 4-2 on the season.

“Defensively, we were able to recognize some things when (the opponent) is not in a zone and how to handle it,” Jones explained. “Offensively, we were able to run lots of different sets which will definitely help with our confidence down the road.”

Jones said, perhaps even more importantly was the way his Cowgirls were able to push through the squad’s sixth game in seven days. 

“It shows we’ve grown up very quickly,” Jones said.

Bryson got out to a quick start with baskets by Kyla Jones and Riley Valliant resulting in a 4-0 lead two minutes in. Moran got within one before a pair of Brinkley Richardson free throws gave Bryson a three-point lead. Bryson missed its last nine from the floor as part of a 2-12 shooting frame from the field, but still led 6-3 with one quarter in the books.

Moran went scoreless in the second and Bryson took advantage quickly, doubling its lead to six in the first minute on a Macie Jones bucket and Valliant free throw. Bryson continued to crash the boards hard for rebounds.

If the rebound did not lead to a cutback basket, like it did for Valliant late in the half, it set the table at the free throw line like it did for both Macie Jones and Kyla Jones. Bryson went 8-11 at the charity stripe in the first half which helped Bryson take a 20-3 lead at the break.

Kyla Jones had the hot hand in the third quarter, coming through with eight points on three buckets and a pair of free throws as the Cowgirls looked to extend their lead. Moran’s Toni Collins received very little offensive support, scoring 14 of the Lady ‘Dogs 15 points offensively.

Kyla Jones received help from a Valliant bucket and a pair of Macie Jones free throws to extend the lead to 32-9 heading into the fourth quarter.

Bryson had another cold shooting quarter, but managed to outscore the visitors 7-6, despite 2-9 shooting from the field as part of a 30% shooting game. 

Kyla Jones tossed in 18 and Macie Jones added eight for the Cowgirls.

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