By Richard Greene
The Alvord Lady Bulldogs used its deep bench and defensive pressure to force the tempo and earn a spot in the Class 2A Region II final Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs forced 25 Bruceville-Eddy turnovers and got 24 points from their bench in a 65-45 win in the Class 2A Region II semifinal at Wisdom Gym at Tarleton State Univeristy in Stephenville.
“I thought the tempo would be very important and we were able to get it up,” said Alvord coach Rob Schmucker. “That was our gameplan to apply some pressure, make it a full-court game.
“I’m proud of the way the way they executed.”
Alvord will move on to play Brock in the region final Saturday at noon. Brock beat Crawford in the first semifinal Friday 37-19. Brock went on a 16-1 run to close the game.
“We’re totally excited,” said Alvord sophomore Marissa Schedcik. “We’ve been waiting for this. We’re ready to go play.”
Schedcik led the Lady Bulldogs’ attack off the bench, scoring a game-high 16 points. She had five in the first quarter during a 17-2 run that gave Alvord a 19-7 lead. She was 6-for-11 from field and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line.
“Marissa did a great job offensively and defensively,” Schmucker said.
Schedcik wasn’t the only Lady Bulldog sub to provide key minutes. Chelsey Steele put in five points and grabbed four rebounds. Macy Lynch provided key minutes defensively and buried a three-pointer with 2:02 left in the third quarter to stretch Alvord’s lead to 21, 46-25.
“Macy did a great job defensively,” Schmucker said. “Chelsey is always consistent.”
Schedcik said about the play of the bench: “We were really prepared for this. We were told to be ready and we were.”
Alvord’s defense was consistent from the opening whistle.
Alvord held Bruceville-Eddy to only one field goal over the final 4:50 of the first frame. Bruceville-Eddy had 12 first-quarter turnovers with seven on consecutive possessions against the Alvord defense.
“We tried to come out with more intensity and get the early lead,” said Carley King.
Alvord went up 28-11 on Sam Hahn’s basket inside and free throw with 3:04 left in the second quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs added only four points in the half as Bruceville-Eddy chipped into the lead. Shelby Friudenberg’s basket with 35 seconds left brought the Lady Eagles within 11, 32-21 at halftime.
But Alvord put any hopes of a Bruceville-Eddy comeback to rest with a 14-4 run to open the third quarter to build a 21-point lead.
Alvord led by 19, 46-27, entering the fourth quarter.
King and Ward finished with 13 points each for the Lady Bulldogs.
Whitney Doyen led Bruceville-Eddy with 15 points. Stormi Call added 11.
Bruceville-Eddy (31-4) – Whitney Doyen 15, Maggie Hawkins 2, Stormi Call 11, Jordan Oliver 5, Shelby Friudenberg 3.
Alvord (31-4) – Jordan Ward 13, Sam Hahn 9, Madi Lynch 4, Carley King 13, Chelsey Steele 5, Ariel Rogers 2, Marissa Schedcik 16, Macy Lynch 2.
Bruceville-Eddy 7 14 6 18 – 45
Alvord 19 13 14 19 – 65
3-Pointers: Bruceville-Eddy 3-12 (Doyen 2, Friudenburg 1); Alvord 2-7 (King 1, Macy Lynch 1). Free throws: Bruceville-Eddy 2-2; Alvord 11-17. Rebounds: Bruceville-Eddy 24 (Call 9) ; Alvord 29 (Hahn 6). Turnovers: Bruceville-Eddy 25; Alvord 21.