For the second straight year the Alvord Lady Bulldogs saw their dreams of a trip to the state basketball tournament shattered by the Brock Eagles.
Brock (33-5) led from start to finish on their way to a 46-36 victory over Alvord (28-12) in the Class 2A Region II final at Stephenville Saturday.
The Eagles headed back to Austin in search of their fifth straight state championship, while the Lady Bulldogs pondered what could have been.
“I’m so proud of the girls and how hard they fought,” Alvord coach Rob Schmucker said. “I can’t say enough about the group of girls we have here. It’s going to be hard to see them [the seniors] go.”
The first quarter proved to be the demise of Alvord as they got off to a difficult start. Brock torched the Lady Bulldogs’ zone defense with four 3-pointers in the opening quarter to take an 18-8 lead.
“We had some communication problems with me, and that’s my fault,” Schmucker said about the first-quarter defense. “We just didn’t get it the way we wanted. They still had to hit some big shots, and they did.
“It seemed like every time we tried to chip away at their lead they came back with a big basket.”