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Basketball: Sissies even score with Lady Eagles – Mindieta paces Bridgeport to victory

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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TIED UP – Bridgeport’s Katie Torres fights to keep the ball away from Decatur’s Macee Reed during the Sissies’ win. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

A perfect senior night for Bridgeport’s Gabby Mindieta hit a bump in the middle of the third quarter when she took a spill and landed on her elbow.

“I just hit my funny bone,” Mindieta explained after the game.

After coming out of the game for less than two minutes, Mindieta was back on the floor where she finished 6-for-6 from the field with 14 points in the Sissies’ 32-21 victory over the rival Decatur Lady Eagles.

“I was just going to leave everything out there,” Mindieta said. “We knew it was our turn.”

With the win, the Sissies pulled even with Decatur at the top of District 8-4A at 6-1. Both teams finish the regular season Tuesday and would be co-champions with victories.

“I can’t think of a group that deserves it more. What a gift on senior night for them to get a share of the district title,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor.

Mindieta did the bulk of her damage in the first half, scoring nine points. She had seven in the first quarter, hitting all three of her shots from the block.

“I’ve been working on my post moves and going hard at practice,” Mindieta said.

Bridgeport ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run, taking a 10-5 lead. The Sissies opened up a seven-point halftime lead, 20-13, with Taylor Stone draining a 3-pointer with 1:30 left in the half.

Decatur slowed Bridgeport’s entry passes into Mindieta in the second half. But the Lady Eagles could never make a run, managing only eight points after halftime. Decatur hit just three field goals in the second half.

Decatur finished 7-for-38 from the field.

“Our shots weren’t going in,” said Decatur senior Macee Reed. “They did what they did last time in their zone. We got good looks but the shots weren’t going down.”

Decatur coach Billy Garner said his team also passed up quality looks.

“We started to play not to lose instead of to win,” Garner said. “We were tentative on offense.”

Reed’s 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter brought Decatur within five, 26-21. Decatur didn’t score the final 7:45.

“It was a defensive battle. Our kids did a good job,” Taylor said. “We’ve worked hard since the last game. They knew what it was going to take to win.”

To claim the league’s top playoff seed, it will likely take another win in the matchup of rivals by the Sissies or Lady Eagles.

Opposite Reactions

OPPOSITE REACTIONS – Decatur players walk off the floor while Bridgeport players celebrate Friday’s win. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

BRIDGEPORT 32, DECATUR 21

Decatur … 5 … 8 … 5 … 3 … – … 21
Bridgeport … 10 … 10 … 6 … 6 … – … 32

DECATUR (19-10, 6-1) – Shaylee Smith 4, Raena Slate 1, Abbie Heiens 2, Macee Reed 6, Hannah Dunning 8.

BRIDGEPORT (20-10, 6-1) – Kristen Grooms 4, Elaina Peyton 4, Taylor Stone 4, Katie Torres 2, Abbi Hatton 4, Gabby Mindieta 14.

FIELD GOALS – Decatur 7-38; Bridgeport 11-24. 3-pointers – Decatur 2-9 (Reed 1, Dunning 1); Bridgeport 2-4 (Peyton 1, Stone 1). Free throws – Decatur 5-10; Bridgeport 8-17. Rebounds – Decatur 31 (Smith 8, Reed 6, Dunning 4); Bridgeport 24 (Hatton 6, Mindieta 5, Grooms 4).

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