In their first meeting of the season, the No. 2 Brock Eagles showed they still hold an edge over the No. 12 Alvord Lady Bulldogs (16-8, 2-1). Alvord had their chances, but numerous missed opportunities allowed Brock (18-4, 4-0) to pull away for a 49-30 victory.“There is a big mental block,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker said. “A lot of teams have that when they play Brock. We’ve got to find a way to get over that.”
Alvord could have taken an early lead and set the tone, but missed lay-ups cost them. Despite an inept offense the Lady Bulldogs’ defense was able to keep it close in the opening frame, not allowing Brock to score until 5:09 left in the first quarter.
Alvord got three free-throws but wouldn’t get their first field goal until 1:05 left in the opening quarter and trailed 7-5 heading to the second period.
“We couldn’t stop them defensively inside or outside,” Schmucker said. “Offensively we were so scared in the first quarter. We weren’t playing our best, but Brock does that to you.”
Brock’s offense began to take form in the second quarter. Carley King hit a 3-pointer to cut the Eagle lead to 9-8, but Alvord would never get any closer. Brock ended the final 5:30 of the first half with a 12-4 run, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 21-12 halftime lead.
A Lauren Hart 3-pointer got Alvord off to a good start in the third quarter, but every time the Lady Bulldogs hit a big shot Brock immediately answered.
The Eagles dominated the paint in the second half, flexing their muscle and extending their lead.
“In the second half they went down low a lot more with their post players, and that hurt us,” Schmucker said. “That was their game plan in the second half, and they did a good job with it.”
Two Marissa Schedcik free throws with 5:17 left in the third cut the Brock lead to 29-19. That would be as close as Alvord would get the rest of the way. Brock led 37-23 heading to the fourth quarter.
Alvord will not have long to dwell on the loss, with another district game against Millsap Saturday.
“We have a quick turnaround with Millsap, and maybe that’s a good thing since this won’t have time to linger,” Schmucker said. “We just have to get back in the gym tomorrow and get ready for Millsap.”
King led the way for Alvord with 10, and Schedcik had eight. Hart added five, and Sam Hahn tossed in four.
Brock was led by Lokie Ducat and Cara Jenkins, each finishing with 10.