By Richard Greene
The Alvord Lady Bulldogs never recovered from a slow start Saturday in the Class 2A Region II final at Wisdom Gym at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Alvord missed 10 of its first 11 shots and fell to the Brock Lady Eagles 44-27.
Alvord shot only 22 percent, 10-for-44, for the game.
“We couldn’t get shots to fall,” said Alvord senior post Madi Lynch. “Brock always has good defense. But we were rushing. We were a little nervous.”
The loss ends the Lady Bulldogs’ season at 32-5.
“It’s very hard to believe it’s over,” Lynch said. “I wish it wasn’t.”
Alvord coach Rob Schmucker praised his team.
“I’m always proud of the girls,” he said. “I can’t say enough about the girls we have. I’ll take them any day.
“They played their hearts out. There’s no reason for them to put their heads down.”
Brock will move on to play in the state tournament and try for a fourth straight state title.
Guard Kamy Cole set Brock on its way early, burying a pair of three-pointers to start the game.
“We knew that was coming and she still got open,” Schmucker said. “That’s the reason she’s going to her fourth state tournament.”
Cole finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Brock went up nine, 10-1, before Alvord got a pair of free throws and putback from Madi Lynch to get back within five. Lynch’s field goal with three minutes left in the first quarter was Alvord’s first.
Lynch finished with six points.
Alvord went 1-for-11 from the field in the first quarter. It was only 4-for-19, 21 percent, in the half.
“I don’t know if we played tight, but every shot we took was short,” Schmucker said. “Brock has a good defense and you have to give them some credit. But the open shots we had were not falling.”
Brock regained a nine-point edge in the final second of the first quarter on Taylor Fulmer’s putback.
Alvord never got back within seven the remainder of the game. Brock took a 23-11 halftime lead on Fulmer’s jumper with a second left in the second quarter.
Brock continued to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring Alvord 14-3.
Cole ended the third quarter with her third three of the game to put Brock up 37-14.
Behind nine points from Jordan Ward, the Lady Bulldogs trimmed six points off the Brock lead in the final frame.
In her final game, Ward led Alvord with 16 points. She came off the floor with 39 seconds left in the game.
“We got down too far, but we had a good year,” Ward said. “But one game doesn’t define anything. It was a great year and such a fun journey.”
Brock (33-5) – Kamy Cole 21, Savannah Fisher 4, Taylor Wallace 5, Taylor Fulmer 8, Lexie Ducat 6.
Alvord (32-5) – Jordan Ward 16, Madi Lynch 6, Carley King 2, Ariel Rogers 1, Marissa Schedcik 2.
Brock 14 9 14 7 - 44
Alvord 5 6 3 13 - 27
3-Pointers: Brock 4 (Cole 3, Wallace 1); Alvord 1 (Ward 1). Free throws: Brock 10-16; Alvord 6-11. Rebounds: Brock 27 (Cole 8) ; Alvord 24 (Lynch 7). Turnovers: Brock 10; Alvord 12.