Carley King’s 3-point attempt from just inside half court fell short and so did the No. 2 Alvord Lady Bulldogs Tuesday. The No. 11 ranked team in Class A Division I, the Muenster Lady Hornets (3-2), came away with the 51-48 victory.Alvord went into the final quarter down 11 points and made a great rally to climb back into the game. Muenster missed two free throws with seven seconds left that would have sealed the deal, but King was unable to get the desperation shot to go.
“They [Muenster] stepped up and made some good shots,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker said. “The second-chance points killed us and we weren’t making very smart choices on our shot selection.
“We were down by 11 and came back and made it a game, so I was proud of that. We just have to get better offensively and defensively, and we will.”
It was a good start for the Lady Bulldogs (6-2) handling the hostile environment and jumping out to a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Muenster began to chip away in the second period. After Katie Claborn put the Lady Bulldogs up 22-14, Muenster responded with a 9-1 run to tie the game at 23-23. King hit a big 3-pointer to put Alvord back up by three, but the Lady Hornets hit a bucket at the buzzer to close the gap to 26-25 at halftime.
Muenster came out and dominated the third quarter. With their effective press and second-chance points the Lady Hornets outscored Alvord 20-6 in the period to take a 45-34 lead to the final period.
“The turnovers that we were making, they were causing,” Schmucker said. “We just need to be more patient with the ball and make a little bit better decisions.”
Alvord was led by King with 16 and Ariel Rogers with 11. Lauren Hart added seven, and Marissa Schedcik finished with six.