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RUSH SPRINGS —
Turns out the third time wasn’t the charm for the Velma-Alma Lady Comets against Rush Springs.
For the third time this season, the Lady Redskins managed to frustrate head coach Jerry Garrett and his squad as RHS used a balanced attack along with clutch shooting to derail the Lady Comets seven game winning streak and win 51-43.
“Defensively I thought we played about as hard as we have all year,” V-A coach Jerry Garrett said. “Credit to Rush Springs though, they made four three-point shots in the first half that went unanswered by us. If those don’t go in then maybe something else happens. Offensively though it wasn’t pretty. Against good teams you have to make those free throws and not have turnovers.”
Four points was as close as the Lady Comets got in the fourth quarter, at 4:41 with the score 41-37.
But, as was the problem in the fourth quarter, missed free throws and turnovers on consecutive possessions hampered any hopes of a comeback by the Lady Comets.
Seven straight misses by V-A at the free throw line in the second half didn’t help either, as the Lady Comets finished 12-of-25 from the line.
Rush Springs was more than happy to take advantage as the Lady Redskins cashed in on the turnovers with lay-ups and trips to the free throw line.
V-A held the lead multiple times in the first quarter, with the biggest lead being two points at the 4:26 mark.
Despite being down 14-9 going into the second quarter, the Lady Comets fought back and managed to tie the game at 21-21 with 19 seconds left before halftime.
However, a three-point shot by Rush Springs’ Dava Ballard gave the Lady Redskins the advantage at 24-21 going into the break.
With three quarters complete, V-A was well within striking distance only down four points at 35-31.
“They (Rush Springs) guard you hard the whole game,” Garrett said. “We tried to spread them out and get to the rim. I knew some of their players would foul a lot, but we weren’t able to capitalize on that situation. You have to be able to score and defend though in those situations.”
Kylee Saville led all scorers on the night with 19 points, followed by Teddi Southerland with nine points, to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Bita Humphreys added seven points, while Shalyn Files and Samantha Moore each scored four points.
Rush Springs (10-2) was led by Kaytie Jones with 15 points followed by Dava Ballard and Jacy Cullers with 14 points.
V-A (7-4) will play Central High in the third place game Saturday afternoon at 2:10 p.m.