Alva Review-Courier -

By Trey Lunn 

Ladybugs fall 44-35 in a home match-up versus Blackwell


January 6, 2019

Trey Lunn

Payton Jones slices through the defense for the lay-up.

Alva Ladybugs fell at home 44-35 to the Lady Maroons of Blackwell during Friday night's match up.

The Lady Maroons led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter. Blackwell forced Payton Jones and Hallie Durkee to commit two turnovers apiece in the period.

Despite having turnover issues, the majority of Alva's points in the first quarter came from Jones. In the quarter Jones made a jump shot from the free throw line and also made both free throw attempts after receiving a hard foul while in the act of shooting. Acacia Charles also made one of two from the free throw line in the period. Zoe Moorman added a three-point basket in the first quarter to round out the Ladybugs' scoring in the first period.

Despite finishing the first quarter up 16-8, Alva in the second quarter was outscored by Blackwell 12-7. Chloe Durkee made a three-point basket around the 5:30 mark in the second period for Alva. After that basket the Ladybugs went scoreless for a little over a minute until Charles was fouled in the act of shooting at the four minute mark; she made the basket and missed the following free throw attempt. Charles grabbed the rebound at the 3:40 mark in the second quarter and made the put back after Chloe Durkee missed the lay-up opportunity. The Ladybugs trailed Blackwell 23-20 going into half time.

The Ladybugs continued to struggle to protect the ball in the second half. In the third quarter, the team committed six turnovers; a cluster of turnovers came under the one minute mark.

Due to the turnovers committed in the third period, Alva struggled to get into any real rhythm; Blackwell outscored the Ladybugs nine to seven. Charles made a lay-up early on for the Ladybugs. But after her initial make, Alva couldn't generate any offense outside of Jones, who made both free-throw attempts after receiving a hard foul, and Stephanie Spellman, who knocked down a three-point attempt at the 3:15 minute mark.

Charles picked up her fourth foul at the 10 second mark in the third period.


The Ladybugs had one double figure scorer, Jones, who had 16 points in the game. The majority of Jones' points came from the free-throw line as she made 10 of 11. Charles followed up Jones' scoring output with seven points herself. Hallie Durkee, Chloe Durkee, Spellman, Moorman all scored three points in the contest.

Trey Lunn

Acacia Charles makes the lay-up attempt after grabbing the offensive rebound.

As a team, Alva shot 38 percent from the floor on 24 attempts. Twelve of 24 of the Ladybugs' attempts came from deep; Alva connected on three of their three-point attempts, shooting 25 percent from deep. The Ladybugs shot 6 of 12 from inside the three-point arch, shooting 50 percent. Overall, the team did not take care of the ball, Blackwell forced 24 turnovers in the game, while Alva accounted for four assists.

Blackwell had two double figure scorers in the contest. Madelyn Hankins scored a game-high of 20 points; 14 of her 20 came in the second half. Paige Scott added 11 points followed by Kailyn Greenhagen's nine points in the contest.

The Lady Maroons shot 45 percent in the game, connecting on 17 of 38. Blackwell also made 50 percent of their shots inside the three-point arch.

The Ladybugs will play on the road this coming week versus Frontier Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:30 p.m.


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