By Richard Greene
The Bridgeport Sissies willed themselves into the playoffs on the strength of their defense.
But the Sissies’ usual strong defense could not overcome a rough offensive night Monday in a 35-27 loss to Glen Rose in the bi-district round of the Class 3A Region I playoffs at Aledo.
The Sissies shot just 22 percent (10-for-44) and committed 28 turnovers.
“It was a real tough night. We just couldn’t hit anything,” said Bridgeport sophomore guard Lauren Hart, who led the Sissies with 15 points. “We shot good shots, but nothing would fall. I don’t know what was going on. We didn’t execute like we can.”
Glen Rose moves to play top-ranked Abilene Wylie later this week in the area round.
The loss ends the Sissies’ season, their first under coach Dallas Taylor, at 17-13.
“Our kids did a great job coming together, learning quick, and becoming competitors as a group,” Taylor said.
Hart added: “We surprised a lot of people. No one thought we’d make the playoffs or win as many games as we did.”
The Sissies’ offensive woes made adding a playoff win too tall of a task.
They went a five-minute stretch between from late in the second quarter to the five-minute mark of the third without a point.
Glen Rose opened up an 11-point lead, 21-10, with three minutes left in the third quarter.
Glen Rose built the lead back to 11, 29-18, on Kelsey Potter’s layup-and-one with 5:23 remaining.
But despite all their offensive struggles, the Sissies had one run in them. Starting with Audra Hart’s jumper, Bridgeport went on a 9-1 spurt. The Sissies pulled within three, 30-27, on her three-pointer with 1:24 remaining.
Audra Hart had seven points in her final game.
After forcing a turnover, Bridgeport had chance to draw within a point, but Leah Guinn missed both free throws.
The Sissies finished 3-for-11 from the line.
Glen Rose hit five of their final seven free-throw attempts to close out the win.
Bridgeport scored the game’s first four points and held Glen Rose off the scoreboard the first 4:50 of the game.
The Sissies scored just four more points before halftime. Glen Rose went on a 15-4 run over the final 12:36 of the first half.
Bridgeport’s second leading scorer and top rebounder Sabrina Garza picked up a third foul with 4:57 left in the second quarter. She sat the remainder of the half and played only 1:30 of the third quarter.
Garza finished with two points and nine rebounds in limited minutes.
“When you have a bad shooting night and your second best scorer is on the bench half the night, it makes it tough,” Taylor said.