A quick turnaround appeared to be just what the Alvord Lady Bulldogs needed.
Two days after dismissing Grandview in the bi-district round of the state playoffs, Alvord (26-11) easily took care of the Gunter Lady Tigers (24-9), in the area round 56-40.
Alvord now will take on Godley in the regional quarterfinal, Tuesday at Byron Nelson High School. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Although he was hesitant at first about playing so soon after Tuesday’s game, Alvord coach Rob Schmucker was eventually glad things turned out the way they did.
“Sleeping on it and waking up Wednesday morning and talking to the girls, this may have been a great thing,” Schmucker said. “In the playoffs nobody is going to change anything, so let’s go do what we do.”
Unlike Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs got off to a great start Thursday. After falling behind 3-0, they ended the quarter on a 17-3 run sparked by a Carley King 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“We got off to a great start, but got a little sluggish in the second quarter,” Schmucker said.
Still, Alvord’s defense never let the Lady Tigers get within eight points. Alvord took a 32-20 lead to the half.
Gunter opened the third quarter on a 4-0 run, and that is all Schmucker needed to see to call a quick timeout.
“Our defense after halftime let them get all the way to the rim,” he said. “I told them we got here by staying down on defense, so stay down on defense. That is what they [Gunter] want to do…get to the rim.”
Alvord dominated from that point, ending the third on a 9-2 run.
The Lady Bulldogs used the free-throw line to help put the game away in the final quarter. They connected on 11 free throws in the fourth, and Marissa Schedcik connected on 10 free throws in the game.
Gunter never got any closer than 13 down the stretch.
Alvord was led by Schedcik with 20 and Sam Hahn with nine. Ariel Rogers and Lauren Hart each had eight. King and Katie Claborn each scored six. Kandi Rose added four.
Gunter was led by Regan Hestand with 13.