Black Diamond Classic gets under way: Scorching Sterling tops Lady Donkeys

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By Todd Brooks
Jan 10, 2013 - 8:57:04 AM

DETERMINATIONThere are times when a team gets hot then there are times when a team is just plain sizzling.
The Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys ran into such a team in the opening round Monday of the 30th annual Black Diamond Tournament in Rush Springs. Sterling averaged 21 points in the first three quarters before subbing liberally in the final quarter on their way to a 69-44 victory.
The Lady Tigers, ranked No. 8 in Class A, knocked down seven three-pointers in the first half alone, missing on just two attempts, which allowed them to grab a quick lead and keep the pressure on the Lady Donkeys.
“The bad part was it was part of our game plan to make them shoot outside,” Bray-Doyle coach Frank Moser said. “I told them Sterling is so big, let’s try to make them shoot from the outside, and they were just hurting us. They are good; they are just balanced.
“We needed them to miss some shots tonight, and they didn’t. You have to hand it to them, they are a good team.”
Sterling (14-2) opened the game on a 15-2 run on the strength of three treys from Whitney Jung on their way to a 22-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Bray-Doyle (3-9) was never able to string any baskets together. Every time they scored, Sterling would respond with a bucket of its own. The Lady Tigers went on to take a 41-14 halftime lead.
Sterling put the game out of reach in the third by opening with a 15-3 run. The Lady Donkeys did not quit, however, outscoring Sterling 9-7 in the last 2:28 to make the score 63-26 lead heading into the final quarter.
Bray-Doyle continued to fight throughout the fourth quarter outscoring Sterling 18-6 to make the final 69-44.
“I told them at halftime, Sterling is hot, and it’s not a lack of effort, they were just hitting everything,” Moser said. “They had open shots, and that is my fault, we were trying to stop them inside.
“I told them to try to win the second half and that is the goal we made, and I was proud we went out and played hard in the second half. The team has a lot of pride, and they wanted to finish strong.”
Bray-Doyle had a balanced scoring attack with Morgan Kovar leading the way with 12 points. She was followed by Taylor Nichols with 10, and Ashlee Kelly and  Erika Hatfield with nine points each.
Madison Bradshaw led Sterling with 18 points, while Madaline Jacobi had 11.
Bray-Doyle will play Dibble Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Central High 53, Dibble 47
Lora-Lynn Loomis broke up a back and forth game in the first quarter on three consecutive three pointers in less than two minutes to put her team ahead, but it would only last through the first half.
Behind the strong play of post player Victoria Baker, Dibble made its way back into the game. Central High held a 33-27 lead with 3:31 to go in the third on the back of three-pointer by Lacie Phillips, but the Lady Demons scored the last five points of the quarter to cut the lead to 33-32 at the end of the quarter.
Dibble briefly took the lead with the first basket in the fourth before Aleia Daniels with a basket 15 seconds later and the Lady Bronchos would never trail again. Daniels’ basket was the start of a 11-2 run which would propel them the rest of the way for the win.
The Lady Demons made a late run to get within a point in the fourth quarter before Central High pulled away late to secure the win.
“We made some turnovers and let them have some second shots, and then we straightened that out and started scoring again,” Central High coach Chad Weldon.
The Lady Bronchos led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter and maintained the eight-point lead at the half with a 26-18 advantage.
Central High (9-2) was led by Loomis with 15 points, followed closely behind by Faith Harris with 13 points, and Caitlyn White with 11. Lacie Phillips scored eight, and Daniels added six.
The Lady Bronchos set up a showdown with Sterling in the semifinals Thursday at 4:30 p.m.