By Brandon Evans
The No. 3 Krum Lady Cats repaid the favor to No. 2 Alvord Lady Bulldogs Tuesday night.
Krum came to Alvord’s house and walked away with narrow 41-39 victory.
On Dec. 16, Alvord, ranked No. 1 at the time, beat then-ranked No. 3 Krum 41-40, in a thriller.
Once again, the game down to the buzzer.
Krum started out fast. By the end of the first quarter Krum held a 17-5 lead, scoring 11 unanswered points. Krum never relinquished the lead, taking a 25-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Alvord made some adjustments and rallied back in the third, making it a one possession game, 31-28, going into the fourth.
With the home crowd roaring, the Lady Bulldogs tied the game at 37 with 2:14 left after Carley King drained a three-pointer. It was her only three-pointer on 11 attempts.
It was as close as Alvord would come.
Krum made a couple key stops, and relied on the steady scoring of Julia Schmaltz. The game was still tied at 37 with 1:23 left in the game. Krum regrouped just in time.
“We lost some composure when Alvord made that run, but the girls did a good job of finishing,” said Krum coach Lana Degalia.
Krum’s Callie Craddock hit a wide-open jumper with 51 seconds left to take a 39-37 lead.
Alvord then turned the ball over and Schmaltz dropped in two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Alvord’s Jordan Ward dashed down the court and gets a layup.
Time expired as Krum threw the ball in and the Lady Bobcats escape with the win.
Alvord coach Robert Schmucker said turnovers, bad offensive rebounding and poor defense caused the loss.
“We had 12 turnovers in the first half compared to their five,” he said. “Defensively we couldn’t stop them, and they got the stops when they needed it. And they handled us on the offensive rebounds.”
Alvord and Krum are now tied at 6-1 in District 9-2A. Nocona is third in district at 5-2. Alvord is 24-3 overall, as Krum moves to 25-2.
“Just like the first game it came down to the final minute,” Degalia said.
Ward was held to nine points, with five coming in the second period. Ariel Rogers was the next leading Lady Bulldog scorer with eight. Madi Lynch added six.
Schmaltz was the leading Lady Cat scorer with 10. Rachel Wallace and Sydney Shelsted added eight each.