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Alvord pulls away from Nocona

By Clay Corbett | Published Saturday, December 7, 2013

After only leading by seven at the half, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs put together a complete third and fourth quarter to seal the win Tuesday.

MY BALL – Alvord’s Lauren Hart tries to stave off a Nocona defender and maintain control of the ball in Tuesday’s game. The Lady Bulldogs pulled off a 57-40 win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Alvord (6-4) defeated the Nocona Lady Indians, 57-40.

“We’ve had trouble rebounding, but tonight I thought we held them to one shot for the most part,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker said. “We got sloppy in the first half on defense, but we picked that up.

“I’m super pleased with the girls. Every thing is not going smooth for them right now, but they are coming along.”

Lauren Hart kept Alvord in it early, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. Katie Claborn hit a 3-pointer right before the end of the first to give the Lady Bulldogs a lead they would never relinquesh.

Claborn hit two more 3-pointers in the second quarter as Alvord increased their lead to 30-23 at the half.

“With Katie you know she is fixing to hit a shot,” Schmucker said. “She is a great shooter.”

Nocona made a late push early in the fourth quarter, going on an 8-2 run to cut it to 46-35, but the Lady Bulldogs buckled down when they had to.

“They [Nocona] came back, but we found a way to score,” Schmucker said. “We had a lot of kids out there wanting the ball and wanting the shot.

“I hope we can build on that with the tournament this weekend.”

The Lady Bulldogs ended the game on an 8-3 run to put the game away, and Schmucker is pleased with where his team is at.

“We’ve been going up and down mainly because lack of experience, but they are getting it,” the coach said. “They are getting some games under their belt and I’m pleased with where they are at.”

Hart and Claborn led the way for Alvord, both finishing with 18. Brianna Ponder added seven.

Bailey Hamilton and Blaine Hamilton each scored four.

Alvord travels to Sanger Tuesday.

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