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Alvord clinches Region II semi-final

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Alvord Lady Bulldogs had little trouble in their Class 2A Region II semifinal against Chapel Hill Friday at Stephenville.

FLYING IN - Alvord's Lauren Hart scores two more as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a regional semifinal win over Chapel Hill Friday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

FLYING IN – Alvord’s Lauren Hart scores two more as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a regional semifinal win over Chapel Hill Friday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Alvord (28-11) dominated the middle quarters en route to a 58-29 victory.

With No. 1 Brock on the horizon with a win, Alvord coach Rob Schmucker says he wasn’t concerned at all about his team looking ahead.

“I never am worried about that with this group,” he said. “That never crossed my mind. I’m always worried about the right mental approach and the game plan, but never looking ahead.”

Alvord trailed 5-2 early in the first quarter, but they responded with a 9-0 run to take the lead. The Lady Bulldogs would never trail again.

Taking a 16-10 advantage at the end of the opening frame, Alvord opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 24-10 lead.

Alvord’s defense was tremendous after the first quarter, never allowing the Lady Devils to get back in the game. Chapel Hill was held to 24 percent from the field.

“Our half-court defense was great,” Schmucker said. “Our rebounding offensively and defensively was also great.”

Alvord put things away in the third quarter. A 16-2 run erased any hopes Chapel Hill had of a second half comeback.

“We came out [after halftime] and shot the ball really well,” Schmucker said. “We had a lot better shot selection in the third quarter.”

Offensively, Alvord spread the wealth in the second half as nine Lady Bulldogs scored.

They held a 49-19 lead heading to the fourth quarter, as they cruised to the victory.

Ariel Rogers led the way for Alvord with 13, and Sam Hahn finished with 11. Katie Claborn added 10, and Marissa Schedcik scored nine. Kandi Rose chipped in six.

Chapel Hill was led by Jacey Moody with nine.

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