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Sissies shut down Brownwood, win bi-district title

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
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Entering Tuesday night’s 4A Region I bi-district bout with Brownwood, Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor knew limiting the Lady Lions’ chances from the outside would be key.

Brownwood had made a living from beyond the arc for most of the year, hoisting more than 500 3-pointers during the regular season.

“Our focus, especially against a team who has a kid that shot 200 3-pointers this season, [was guarding the perimeter],” Taylor said. “We gave up one 3-pointer tonight. It was definitely a goal of ours to not let them get threes off this evening and I think it paid dividends.”

She was right.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Bridgeport held the Lady Lions to 19.6 percent shooting, suffocating Brownwood’s offense in a 43-32 bi-district win at Granbury High School. The victory was the Sissies’ first playoff win since 2016. They will now advance to the 4A Region I area round and meet Greenwood later this week.

Taylor said a date, time and location had not been set.

“It’s huge, both for the program and our kids,” Taylor said. “It’s huge for the continued success of our program.”

After a sloppy start by both sides that featured nearly 10 turnovers in the first quarter, Bridgeport eventually settled into a groove.

Junior guard Emily Vidal sparked an 8-0 run in the second quarter with a deep 3-pointer that gave the Sissies a 14-5 lead. Moments later, Ashley Ingram found her sister, Delaney, underneath the basket for a wide-open layup.

Delaney’s score put Bridgeport up 22-8 as halftime approached. She ended the game with nine points.

Ashley led all scorers with 13 points.

“I just had to drive most of the time, and whenever they stepped off me my teammates stepped up,” Ashley Ingram said. “It’s really awesome. It’s so fun. I love this team so much. I feel like we can go really far. It’s going to be a fun ride.”

Bridgeport led 22-12 at halftime and limited Brownwood to just two first-half field goals.

Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

The Sissies broke off another run in the third quarter, capped by a Morgen Davidson and-one in transition. That bucket gave Bridgeport its largest lead of the night at 28-12.

But the Lady Lions made a run of their own, eventually trimming the Sissies lead to nine, 39-30, with under four minutes left. That was as close as they came.

“With shooting teams like them, the way the flow of the game goes, there’s always going to be a point where someone gives a good push,” Taylor said. “I thought our kids did a good job of weathering the storm and getting out of here with a victory.”

Bridgeport improved to 24-10. The Sissies had lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the past two years after being decimated with injuries. In 2018, Vidal, Delaney Ingram and Cheyanne Weirich all missed extended periods of time with various injuries.

Bridgeport has not advanced past the area round since 2015, when they beat Burkburnett 57-42. If the Sissies beat Greenwood and Decatur beats Big Spring, the two schools would meet for the third time this season with a trip to the regional tournament on the line.

“Every win from here on out is an emotional win,” Taylor said. “With Cheyanne [Weirich], she’s had to sit and watch for two years [due to injury]. It’s emotional for her because she finally got to win a ball and be a part of it with Delaney [Ingram] and Morgen Davidson. They’ve worked so hard and their efforts have finally come around. Getting the chance to finally hold a gold ball up is just phenomenal  — seeing those three kids get a taste of that.”

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