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Basketball: Sissies fall in bi-district – Lincoln’s fast start too much for Bridgeport

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Down and Out

DOWN AND OUT – Bridgeport and Lincoln players battle for a loose ball. The Sissies committed 37 turnovers in their season-ending loss. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After a third turnover less than 90 seconds into the game, Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor called a timeout to try to settle her young team down Tuesday night.

It only stopped the sixth-ranked Dallas Lincoln Lady Tigers momentarily.

Lincoln scored the game’s first 13 points and used its quick, aggressive defense to force 37 turnovers on the way to a 60-33 victory over Bridgeport in the 4A Region II bi-district game at Azle High School.

“We had a plan in place and felt good about our plan but struggled to orchestrate our plan tonight,” Taylor said. “Sometimes that’s going to happen. When that happens, you have to go back to the drawing board and try to find something that is working. I’m proud of our kids’ effort.

“It’s been a motto all season: you’re going to have to keep fighting, fight through the adversity and fight through the things that are happening. We did that. I think our young kids got an experience tonight. The playoffs are just a bigger stage.”

The Sissies finish the season at 24-8. They battled injuries throughout the year and lost their leading scorer, Emily Vidal, to a season-ending injury at the end of the regular season.

“It’s hard to feel sorry for ourselves with those situations because that’s life. In the scope of things, athletics are here to teach you life. That is how life comes at you,” Taylor said. “Our kids persevered through a lot of life coming at them.

“We’ve got everyone coming back. We need to get healthy. We need to get better and hit the floor running next year.”

Lincoln senior guard Kennedy Taylor led all scorers with 23 points, including five in the Lady Tigers’ opening 13-point run. She helped put the game away in the third with another 10 points. Her 3-pointer with 2:53 left in the third pushed Lincoln out to a 42-20 lead.

Bridgeport made a push late in the first half, closing a 19-point deficit to 14, 30-16, at halftime. That was as close as the Sissies could get.

Junior Morgen Davidson led the Sissies with 14 points. She had the Sissies’ first seven points and hit a pair of 3-pointers.

After the game, Davidson immediately started looking ahead to next year.

“This is a really good lesson for the freshmen. They got to see that you have to work hard every day,” Davidson said.

“We had to turn [the adversity throughout the season] into something positive, take it and do something with it. We couldn’t let it get into our heads.”

LINCOLN 60, BRIDGEPORT 33

Bridgeport … 5 … 11 … 6 … 11 … – … 33
Lincoln … 15 … 15 … 16 … 14 … – … 60

Bridgeport (24-8) – Lexine Stone 2, Morgen Davidson 14, Jolene Torres 1, Brooklyn Fuentes 2, Logan Walsh 2, Raegan Hankins 2, Ashley Ingram 8, Delaney Ingram 2.

Lincoln (31-3) – Alexis Brown 3, Kiana Moore 4, Kennedy Taylor 23, Aysia McCullough 2, Tayla Slone 3, Alena Wilson 14, Jayla Ward 2, Diamond Sweats 7, Zy’Riah Simmons 2.

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