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Basketball: Valley View bounces Alvord – Lady Bulldogs eliminated in bi-district round

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Down 19 early in the second half, it looked as though all hope was lost for the Alvord Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

COMING UP SHORT – Alvord’s Taylor Maag posts up in a playoff game against Valley View. Maag finished with 12 points in the loss. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Valley View was on a 23-7 run that had spanned almost two quarters, not allowing Alvord to establish any sort of rhythm offensively. Sensing the game was getting out of control, Lady Bulldogs coach Michael Barnes quickly called a timeout – and his team regrouped.

Alvord mounted a 19-6 run to cut the deficit to six midway through the fourth quarter. Fueled by Paycee Edgett’s team-high 19 points, the Lady Bulldogs nearly clawed all the way back.

But when the Lady Eagles needed to put the game away, they turned to Jasmyn Studamire, who delivered down the stretch. Hitting several big shots, Studamire eventually wore down the Alvord defense, leading Valley View to a 57-42 bi-district victory in the 2A Region II playoffs at Denton Ryan.

“Relentlessness is the word I would use to describe that group of girls,” said Barnes of his team. “It wasn’t a big night for us tonight on some of our shots, but you know, that’s what I told them – it’s why we play the game. The relentlessness from [them], I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Studamire ended with a game-high 22 points for the Lady Eagles. Her sister, Jade, had seven. Barnes said Alvord used a diamond-in-one defense to take Jasmyn away, but Valley View countered by putting her on the block.

The result was several easy shots that Jasmyn did not miss.

“The two sisters are good ballplayers,” said Barnes. “They’re gym rats. They understand the game, and that’s a huge thing at the 2A level. When you have girls who understand the game and who are as athletic as them, they’re hard to stop.”

Alvord nearly erased a 19-point deficit, trailing 35-16 with under five minutes left in the third quarter. Needing to score quickly, the Lady Bulldogs started feeding the ball inside to Edgett, who finished several contested shots around the rim.

Although some of the entry passes resulted in turnovers, Barnes said he knew coming into the game Alvord had mismatches in the paint the Lady Bulldogs could exploit.

“We had a gameplan that they could not stop us down low,” Barnes said. “It showed. It was pretty much over when [Edgett sealed her man]. We knew we were going to live through [Edgett and Taylor Maag]. They played very, very hard down low.”

Maag finished with 12 points. Combined with Edgett, the Lady Bulldogs had an effective 1-2 punch in the interior that allowed them to get back in the game.

Alvord got as close as six late in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to complete the comeback. Alvord finished the season 13-16.

“No matter what the position was, or what was [put] in front of them, those girls came to work every day,” Barnes said. “From the beginning of the year to now, if you watch film on us, we are a totally different team.”

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