Midway through Tuesday night’s game against Decatur, Krum coach Lana Degelia hollered across the court to sophomore center Kylee Myers and asked for more toughness.
She got it, and the Lady Cats (13-11, 2-0) rallied for a physical, 48-42 comeback win against Decatur’s Lady Eagles (16-4, 1-1) at Krum.
Decatur’s Katie Isham anchored the Lady Eagles with a game-high 20 points and a couple of key blocks, but played most of the fourth quarter with four fouls.
Myers, one of two returning players who helped Krum reach the Class 3A state tournament last year, definitely disrupted her in the paint, Decatur coach Billy Garner said.
“We didn’t work hard enough to get it in there to her,” he said. “That girl [Myers] was pushing her around and she didn’t get her post play established.”
Myers said it was a big win for her team, which was picked fourth in district.
“We were pretty nervous,” said Myers, who led her team with 14 points. “But once we settled down, we started playing how we play.”
Sparked by Isham, Decatur (16-4, 1-1) made a strong start on both sides of the ball, leading from the opening tip-off and taking a 26-23 lead into halftime.
But Myers hit a basket with 4:43 left in the third quarter to spark a 7-0 Krum run, capped by a 3-pointer from senior guard Caylee Thomas with 1:46 to play that gave Krum its first lead.
Decatur tied it heading into the fourth, but Krum outshot the Lady Eagles over the final eight minutes.
Shelby Drews finished with 9, and Traci Hale added seven, while Murphy Graham tossed in four for Decatur.
Thomas and junior Mackenzie Ripple each scored nine points in the win for Krum.
“Our kids played extremely hard in a very physical game,” Garner said. “We just didn’t respond as well to the physical play in the second half.”
Degelia said Myers’ play was crucial for his team.
“When she finally stopped playing soft and stepped up and started attacking and playing the way she knows how, she’s key for us,” Degelia said. “And that helps our inside-out game.”
Krum also started coming up with key offensive rebounds in the second half, something Garner said his team failed to prevent.