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Sissies advance to third round

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Through three quarters, Midland Greenwood stayed within striking distance of the Bridgeport Sissies.

Sensing a chance to advance to the 4A Region I quarterfinal, the Sissies turned up the intensity over the final eight minutes and put Greenwood away.
Bridgeport held Greenwood to eight points, including two fields in the final frame on the way to a 59-35 victory at Stamford High School Friday.
The Sissies closed the game on a 21-8 run.
“Our continuous intensity on the defensive end of the floor wore them down mentally and physically,” said Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor. “Our kids just kept at them. It was good to see.”
Bridgeport (25-10) moves on to play District 8-4A rival Decatur for a third time this season in the 4A Region I quarterfinal Tuesday. A time and location for the matchup has not been set.
The two rivals split the season series.
“The third time’s a charm,” Taylor said. “It’ll be a fun and intense game. We’ll see how the ball bounces.”
For a Bridgeport team that has battled through adversity and injuries the past two seasons just to make the playoffs, a trip to the third round is rewarding. Bridgeport seniors CheyAnne Weirich and Morgen Davidson enjoyed a chance to relish Friday’s win, taking a seat on the bench to a thunderous roar from the crowd with a couple minutes left.
“This feels amazing,” Davidson said after her 11-point performance. “We’ve bonded so well as a team. This is a huge reward for us.”
Ashley Ingram led the Sissies with 14 points. Her six points along with six more from Emily Vidal in the first quarter helped Bridgeport to an early lead, 19-12.
Vidal finished with 10 points as the third Bridgeport player in double figures.
Bridgeport took a 29-21 lead into halftime.
Managing only nine points in the third, Bridgeport could not shake free of Greenwood. The Sissies led 38-27 going into the fourth quarter.
Bridgeport held the Rangerettes without a point for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter and built its lead to 17, 44-27, on a pair of Ingram free throws.
The Sissies kept Greenwood bottled up on the perimeter throughout the second half. After hitting four 3-pointers in the first half, Greenwood did not hit a shot outside the arc in the final 16 minutes.
“We just focused and executed on the things we needed to and stopped them from shooting 3s,” Davidson said.

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