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Sissies rout Graham, improve to 9-1

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
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Bridgeport’s relentless full-court press forced 24 Graham turnovers, as the No. 6 Sissies rolled the Lady Blues 64-39 at home Tuesday night.

Graham coughed the ball up 16 times in the first half. Bridgeport held the Lady Blues to just 12 first half points, flustering Graham’s offense from the opening tip.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

“We’re going to press for 32 minutes,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “We’re not going to do it one way. We’re going to do it multiple ways. We want the other team to leave the gym frustrated. And I think we accomplished that tonight.”

Senior guard Emily Vidal led Bridgeport in scoring with 19. She shot 55.6 percent from beyond the arc, burying five 3s. Senior Morgen Davidson finished second with 14.

Ashley Ingram poured in eight and Logan Walsh and Jolene Torres added six off the bench. Eight different Sissies scored in the win.

“It’s nice to see kids share the basketball,” Taylor said. “The ball is moving and in turn, we’re getting good, open looks.”

Bridgeport opened the game on a 13-3 run, forcing Graham into a quick timeout. Vidal knocked down an open 3 from the top of the key and Davidson added two layups in transition.

The Sissies pushed the tempo from the outset, running in transition to capitalize on the Graham turnovers.

“We like to be all over the ball all the time,” Vidal said. “That’s our main thing. We’re quick and we use that to our advantage. I love the intensity we had on defense.”

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

Bridgeport used an 11-2 run to start the second half, capped by back-to-back corner 3s from Vidal.

With the win, the Sissies improved to 9-1 overall. They have won six straight and checked in at No. 6 in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A poll.

Taylor said her team was aware of the ranking, but that they are not dwelling on it. Bridgeport was ranked before Christmas last year until injuries to Vidal and others derailed its season.

“We can talk about it, but after what we went through last year, we’re going to go day-by-day,” Taylor said. “Whether we’re No.1 in the state or No. 99 in the state, we’re going to continue to work hard and get better at what we do, and at the end of it, see where we’re at.”

The Sissies will be back in action this weekend at the Granbury Tournament.

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