The Alvord Lady Bulldogs stayed with the second-ranked and defending state champion Brock Lady Eagles throughout the night Friday but couldn’t pull off the upset.
Brock made the key plays down the stretch to hang on for a 42-37 victory and stay unbeaten in District 9-2A.
“There was a two-minute stretch in the fourth quarter where we were 0-for-5 on possessions, and they were 3-for-5. That was the ballgame,” said Alvord coach Rob Schmucker.
“We did a lot of good things. But we’re not big on moral victories. It doesn’t matter if we are playing No. 2, 22, or 102, we want to win.”
Marissa Schedcik paced Alvord with 14 points. Katie Claborn added 12, hitting a 3-pointer in every quarter. Lauren Hart finished with nine.
Alvord trailed 20-19 at halftime and remained within one, 24-23, going into the fourth quarter. Brock’s Lexie Ducat scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Alvord (16-9) slipped to 6-3 in 9-2A. The Lady Bulldogs are third in the league, trailing Brock and Paradise (20-5, 7-2).
Alvord took on Millsap Tuesday. They will play host to Paradise Friday with a chance to pull into a tie for second-place in the league.
“We feel good and they are feeling good,” Schmucker said. “It should be a good game. We are looking forward to it.”
PEASTER 56, BOYD 39
With a forgettable fourth quarter Friday, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets let their hold on the fourth playoff spot out of District 9-2A slip away.
The Peaster Lady Greyhounds went on a 24-9 run in the final frame to clinch the 56-39 win over the Lady Yellowjackets.
The loss dropped Boyd (14-8) to 4-6 in the league. Boyd, which was off Tuesday, closes with Brock and Millsap. Peaster played Brock Tuesday and would fall to 4-6 with a loss. Peaster closes with Millsap and Paradise.
“It was disappointing, but we’re still alive,” said Boyd coach Lynn Cranfill. “That’s the way we are looking at it.”
Against Peaster, Amber Montgomery put in 22 points.
“She’s been playing well and has been unstoppable getting to the basket,” Cranfill said.
But Montgomery picked up two fouls in the opening minutes of the fourth and had to come off the floor with four fouls. Without the point guard on the floor, Boyd watched a one-point deficit grow.