BRYSON – Throckmorton’s girls' basketballers came into Tuesday night’s District 21-A matchup with the host Cowgirls looking to avenge a loss to the squad on its home court earlier this month.
With Bryson having reportedly one of its worst games of the year, the Lady ‘Hounds were able to capitalize and get out to a first-half lead they never relinquished in a 30-23 victory over the Cowgirls. Both squads are now 4-2 in district play.
The game was destined to be a low scoring affair from the onset, with one point being scored in the first nearly six minutes. Bryson’s Kyla Jones got the hostesses on the board with a three-pointer with 2:13 left. Throckmorton would add a free throw late but the Cowgirls led 3-2 after one, the squads combining for 1-14 shooting from the field.
Katelyn Riley had the Lady ‘Hounds first basket early in the second. With senior post Sydney Davidson on the bench with her second foul, classmate Maddee Moore took control, using a pair of putbacks to give Bryson a 7-6 lead.
Throckmorton would begin extending the lead, with Bryson committing turnover after turnover, either unforced or forced. The Lady ‘Hounds had help from the free throw line, going 4-8 at the charity stripe compared to zero for the Cowgirls.
Moore had an eight-point quarter but received no support offensively as Throckmorton took a 17-11 lead at the half.
The second half commenced much like the first with no scoring for the first three minutes, Bryson held to just one shot while the Lady ‘Hounds extended their lead to eight. A Brinkley Richardson three-pointer and a pair of Moore free throws would account for the Cowgirl offense.
Throckmorton would be in the offensive doldrums too, scoring five points also to maintain its six-point lead at 22-16 heading into the fourth quarter. Bryson tried furiously to get back in the game, getting baskets from Moore and Richardson late.
Throckmorton took just three shots in the final frame, but a pair of Stacy Whitfield buckets were enough to help stave off the Cowgirls.
Moore had 12 points to pace Bryson. Whitfield paced the Lady ‘Hounds with eight points with Riley and Kaylie Green adding six.