The Lady Cardinals lost their head coach earlier in the day but won the game Friday night at The Grove on the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School campus. Bridge City secured the third-place seed in the district with a 52-48 win over the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears.
Head Coach JoLee Kolander was in the hospital after delivering her first baby Friday while the Lady Cardinals delivered the clutch victory. Assistant Coach Lance Robertson took over for Kolander in the hot seat.
Bridge City jumped to a 5-0 lead before the Lady Bears rallied and took the lead 14-12 after the first quarter. Sophomore Post Genesis Barclay was a force inside for LC-M with six points in the opening stanza.
Defense was the key in the second period as Bridge City held LC-M to just six points. It was the only quarter for either team not to score in double figures. The Lady Cardinals scored 13 in the same quarter to take a 25-20 advantage when the two teams went to the locker room.
Madison Fischer hit a three-pointer early in the third quarter to put Bridge City up by eight. The Lady Bears would get consecutive baskets from Jacie Miller to cut the lead to four. The Lady Cardinals went on a seven-point run that included buckets by Kassidy Wilber and Rylee Oceguera plus a three-ball from Anaiah Hicks to make the score 35-24 with less than three minutes to play in the third.
Chelsea Perry would answer for LC-M with a three and then two free throws. The two teams exchanged a pair free throws each. Fischer getting her two with four tenths of a second left in the quarter to make it 37-31 in favor of Bridge City.
The Lady Bears were able to cut the lead to just two 38-36 when Perry converted a three-point play with 6:43 to play in the game. Maysen Tyler played a solid fourth quarter scoring seven points in the final six minutes. Wilbur added three points in the final period. Karly Rogers of the Lady Bears scored a late bucket to make the final margin four points.
Balance scoring was a key for Bridge City in the victory. Eight Lady Cardinals got points. Fischer and Wilbur both scored in double figures with 11 and 10 respectfully. Hicks and Tyler each tallied 9 points.
The leading scorer in the game was LC-M’s Perry with 16. Rogers’ buzzer beater to end the game gave her 10 points for the contest.
The most important part of the victory by Bridge City is that the Lady Cardinals finish third in District 22-4A and will play the Lufkin Hudson Lady Hornets the second seed in District 21-4A in the first round of the playoffs. Little Cypress Mauriceville by being the fourth seed forces the Lady Bears to play the District 22-4A champs the Diboll Lady Jacks who went undefeated in their district. The four teams will play a doubleheader on Monday night in Woodville. Bridge City and Lufkin Hudson will tipoff at 6:15 PM with the game between LC-M and Diboll to immediately follow.
-Dan Perrine, KOGT-
BC 12 13 12 15- 52
LCM 14 6 11 17- 48
LCM 50 HF 29
OF 52 BC 47 – FOr OF Lathrop scored 16 and Catt 11.
Silsbee 105 WOS 62
Hull Daisetta 73 Deweyville 56
Ozen 49 Vidor 36