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Bushland Lady Falcons pull away for 54-42 win over Lady Bulldogs

December 17, 2011

Katie Sizemore #23 passes the ball to McKenzie Loftis #5 during the second period for the Lady Bulldogs against Bushland on Friday evening. Sizemore had two points and five rebounds in the game, while Liftis scored 11 points and had four rebounds. PHOTO BY MICHELLE BERRY

On Friday night, the Bushland Lady Falcons squared off with the Borger Lady Bulldogs in a non-district contest at Tex Hanna Gym.
Through three periods, the Lady Bulldogs were in striking distance to come away with a nice win. However, the breaks continue to not fall the Lady Bulldogs way, as Bushland was able to outscore Borger 18-9 in the fourth period to pull away for the 54-42 win.
The game was a little sloppy with the two teams combining for 46 turnovers. But, the Lady Falcons were able to take advantage of second chance opportunities by out rebounding the Lady Bulldogs 38-27 in the game.
After playing to an 8-8 score, the Lady Bulldogs started the second period by taking a 13-8 lead off of five straight points scored by McKenzie Loftis.
Bushland answered by tying the game before Nellie Embers nailed a three pointer to give Borger back a three point lead, 16-13.
The Lady Falcons responded by finishing the first half on a 7-2 run to take a 18-20 lead into halftime.
At the 3:40 mark of the third period, the Lady Bulldogs took back the lead, 26-24, when Katie Sizemore took a steal in for a lay up. But a 7-0 run helped Bushland take back the lead and hold a 33-36 lead going into the fourth period.
By the 3:40 mark of the fourth period, the Lady Falcons extended their lead to nine points. However, the Lady Bulldogs tried to make a late rally and were able to pull back to within five points, 40-45, with 1:35 to go.
Unfortunately, the comeback win was not in the cards as solid free throw shooting and a couple of turnovers allowed the Lady Falcons to hang on for the win.
The loss drops Borger to 3-11 for the season. The Lady Bulldogs will next travel over to Stinnett on Monday to take on the West Texas High Lady Comanches.
Borger game stats: 2PT-15/40 for 37%; 3PT-1/6 for 16%; Total FG-16/46 for 35%; FT-9/11 for 82%; Total rebounds-Borger 27 Bushland 38; Turnovers-Borger 26 Bushland 20
Borger individual stats: Emma Wood 9 pts 5 rebs; McKenzie Loftis 11 pts 4 rebs 2 asts 3 stls; Tiffanie Prater 1 reb 1 ast; Holly Jones 1 reb; Nellie Embers 14 pts 8 rebs 1 stl 1 blk; Jackie Mendez 1 reb; Katie Sizemore 2 pts 5 rebs 3 asts 1 stl; Vanessa Jones 4 pts 2 rebs 1 stl; Breezy Brown 2 pts.
Bushland 8 20 36 54
Borger 8 18 33 42

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