Posted on 11 February 2015.
In the final minute Friday, Decatur coach Billy Garner called a timeout and for the last time Lady Eagles seniors left the floor. But it was not until after garnering more hardware.
STEALING A WIN – Decatur’s Makayla Mayfield steals the ball from Bridgeport’s Bailey Thompson during the Lady Eagles’ win Friday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty
Led by seniors Jasmyne Tate and Makayla Mayfield, the Lady Eagles celebrated a second straight district title with a 57-31 win over the rival Bridgeport Sissies.
Tate poured all of her game-high 14 points in the second half, including six in the Lady Eagles’ 23-7 closing run.
“This means a lot to me to get to celebrate with my group of girls,” said Tate, who missed all of last season and much of her sophomore year because of knee injuries.
Mayfield finished with 11 points to go along with five steals, four assists and five rebounds.
“I just wanted to leave it all on the floor with this being my last time to play here,” said Mayfield, who also helped the Decatur volleyball team to four district titles and a pair state titles on the floor.
The Lady Eagles improved to 7-0 in 8-4A and 20-6 overall. The district champions will look to close out a perfect run through the league Tuesday against Springtown. But Garner did not downplay the significance of winning a second straight title.
“I’m very proud of them,” Garner said. “We lost four seniors [from last year]. To come back and do it again especially with Jasmyne coming back was really fun to watch.”
The Lady Eagles relied on their trademark defense to put the finishing touches on the title. Decatur held Bridgeport to 31 percent shooting (14-for-44). Bridgeport was 4-for-19 in the first half, scoring just 10 points. Decatur led 20-10 at the break.
“Our defense was great. They changed the lineup on us and took out No. 3 [Diana Garcia],” Garner said. “So, we switched and put Jasmyne on [Landrie] Walsh and Makayla on [Bailey] Thompson. Our help defense was also good in the lane.”
Bridgeport coach Dallas Taylor said they were hoping to exploit some matchups with changes.
“It helped our matchups and we were supposed to take advantage of it,” Taylor said. “We didn’t execute.”
Mayfield said she didn’t know she would be on Thompson until the start of the game. She stayed with Bridgeport’s leading scorer, holding her to six points – all in the second quarter.
“I just tried my hardest to not let her get the ball,” Mayfield said.
Along with keeping the ball out of Thompson’s hands, Mayfield made five steals and deflected another three passes. Two deflections came in the final 42 seconds of the first half in which she also hit a 3-pointer, blocked a shot, got a steal and nearly hit a runner at the buzzer.
“Makayla disrupted a lot of what they wanted to do,” Garner said.
Decatur went up by 16 midway through the third quarter on a Tate layup off a pass from Mayfield.
With six points inside from Gabby Mindieta, Bridgeport closed the third on a 10-4 run to get back within 10, 34-24.
The Sissies’ run didn’t last. Decatur scored the first nine points of the fourth, going up 19 on Shelby Drews’ 3-pointer. Drews finished with nine.
Hannah Dunning had 12 for the Lady Eagles. Macen Stripling, who battled foul trouble all night, scored seven.
Walsh led Bridgeport with seven.
Bridgeport fell to 5-2 in 8-4A and 23-5 overall. The Sissies will go into the playoffs as the league’s second seed. “We’ll be ready for that first playoff game against Alvarado,” Taylor said. “I feel there will be two good teams representing our district in the playoffs.”
DECATUR 57, BRIDGEPORT 31
Bridgeport … 4 … 6 … 14 … 7 … – … 31
Decatur … 9 … 11 … 14 … 23 … – … 57
Bridgeport (23-5, 5-2) – Diana Garcia 4, Bailey Thompson 6, Lauren Stowers 2, Taylor Stone 2, Abby Hatton 2, Landrie Walsh 7, Megan Sturdivant 2, Gabby Mindieta 6.
Decatur (20-6, 7-0) – Makayla Mayfield 11, Shelby Drews 9, Hannah Dunning 12, Savannah Thompson 4, Macen Stripling 7, Jasmyne Tate 14.