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Newkirk runs doom Alva, Ladybugs fall 41-30


January 12, 2018

NEWKIRK, Okla. – The Alva Ladybugs struggled to score the ball in the second half on Thursday as they suffered a loss at Newkirk 41-30.

The Ladybugs fall to 8-3 on the season. They will look to rebound in a rare Saturday afternoon game on Saturday with a contest at Blackwell, the third time the two teams will match-up in two weeks. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Defense was the story over the game in the first half, as both squads battled to get opportunities their respective offensive ends of the floor.

Alva finally broke through two minutes into the game with a second chance opportunity off a missed basket as Payton Jones drove along the baseline and drew a foul. She hit both free-throws to take an early 2-0 lead.

Following baskets by Katelyn Shieber and Rylee Luis of Newkirk, Rianna Clark hit a jumper in the paint to tie the game. Luis answered on the Newkirk offensive end, before her counterpart on the post, Clark, took the ball baseline to knot the game at six.

Luis continued to work hard in the post for the Lady Tigers, putting in a put back basket. Fortunately, Jones got open behind the arc on the left wing to drain the three and give the Lady Bugs a 9-8 lead. Yet again, Luis answered the Bugs down low, hitting another turnaround jumper to give the Lady Tigers a 10-9 lead heading into the second quarter.

Clark got the scoring started for the Ladybugs in the second quarter as she took the ball from mid-range area to the hole to retake the lead. The lead quickly changed again though as Shieber took the ball to the hole on the opposite end for an Lady Tiger answer.

Stephanie Spellman gave the Ladybugs a 14-12 lead a couple of minutes in the second with a three ball to go. Emily Elliott, however, gave the Lady Tigers a 17-14 advantage going into the break with a three-pointer and a runner down the right side in consecutive possessions.

Newkirk was very aggressive in its first few possessions of the second half with Shieber drawing fouls each time. She converted four free-throws to make 21-14. After a Ladybug turnover, Elliott knocked down an open three for the home team to stretch the lead to a 10-point lead.

With two minutes to go in the third, Elliott extended the home lead with another basket for a 12-0 Newkirk run stretching back to the first half.

Julie Owen finally got on the board in the final minute of the quarter, pulling down her own rebound and putting it back for a bucket to cut the Newkirk lead to 26-16. Newkirk closed the quarter with a 12-point lead after Shieber hit a layup in the final moments to stretch the lead.

Jones started the fourth strong for the Ladybugs as she drove the ball down the right side for a basket. After another Newkirk basket, Jones again took the ball to the hole for a layup and a foul. She hit the free-throw to make it 30-21.

With the Ladybugs trailing by nine, the momentum continued to swing in their direction as Jones drained a three-pointer, her eighth straight point. Jones went to the line on the next possession and converted a free-throw to cut the lead to 30-25.

Jones continued her personal 11-0 run with a steal and left-handed layup to cut the lead to three. Shieber ended the run with a drive and layup, before Tatum Rouse-Murphy answered for the Bugs to make it a two-point ballgame.

But the Ladybugs’ struggles on the boards bit them again as second chance points and Ladybug turnovers helped the Lady Tigers close the game on a 9-0 run. Alva turned the ball over a total of 16 times in the contest.

Jones finished the game with 16 points, two points shy of her season average. Clark had six first half points, Spellman and Rouse-Murphy a three-pointer each and Owen added two points.

Shieber led the Lady Tigers with 19 points.


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