After a sluggish start Tuesday, the Alvord Lady Bulldogs hit their stride in the second quarter on their way to a bi-district championship over the Grandview Lady Zebras at Fort Worth Brewer High School.
Alvord (25-11) kept their comfortable lead throughout the second half, taking a 55-33 victory.
Marissa Schedcik finally scored the Lady Bulldogs’ first point with 4:32 left in the first quarter. A minute later Sam Hahn gave them their first field goal.
Despite the cold shooting, Alvord was able to rely on defense to get them through the opening quarter. The game headed to the second period tied, 6-6.
“Defensively, the first half we played great. We played smart and rebounded well,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker said. “The offense just had a hard time scoring. We had some good looks. They just weren’t falling.”
After a horrible opening frame offensively, Alvord exploded in the second to put the game away. Midway through the quarter, the Lady Bulldogs went on a 14-0 run sparked by three 3-pointers from Carley King. They opened up a 27-13 halftime advantage.
“I tell them it’s not going to be like that the whole game,” Schmucker about the bad start. “They seem to find a way to get themselves going.”
Grandview got within 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Alvord never let them get any closer. The Lady Bulldogs ended the game on a 14-2 run.
“In the fourth quarter they [Grandview] were in the bonus, and I think they only shot three free throws,” Schmucker said. “We played smart, and that’s what you’ve got to do in the playoffs. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Just keep moving on.”
Alvord was led by King with 14, and Ariel Rogers added 12. Hahn scored 11, and Schedcik tossed in 10.
Jade Rochelle and Harley Griffith led Grandview with 10.