GRAVETTE — It did not take Will Pittman lengthy to appreciate Gravette’s women wanted to make some early changes Tuesday afternoon in opposition to Life Means Christian.
The Girl Lions’ first drawback got here when junior ahead Dalacie Wishon picked up two fouls earlier than the primary minute elapsed. The second was Halle Moseley, Life Means’s 6-foot-2 put up who made her presence inside recognized with 10 blocked photographs.
Gravette, nevertheless, made its changes work and got here away with a 49-30 victory in the course of the opening spherical of its Christmas Basic in Lion Enviornment.
“Defensively, that had a huge impact on us as a result of Dalacie units the tone of our 1-3-1,” Pittman mentioned. “It undoubtedly put us in a troublesome spot. She would have additionally been enjoying the comfortable spot on offense.
“However we had subs are available and do a very good job. Ella Moorman, Gabby Bates and Gracie Moffitt gave us nice minutes once we wanted them. And we did not actually have a dropoff with them. They got here in and did an amazing job defensively.”
Wishon left the sport with no rating, and one other foul by Gravette (7-4) moments later allowed Moseley to hit a free throw and provides Life Means (8-7) a 1-0 lead. The Girl Lions, nevertheless, scored the following 10 factors — 6 on a pair of 3-pointers by Alexa Parker — and finally owned a 14-3 lead after one quarter.
The Girl Warriors, nevertheless, began the second quarter with a 10-3 run and minimize the hole to 17-13 on Moseley’s bucket with 3:24 earlier than halftime. Life Means saved issues shut via the remainder of the second and third quarters till Gravette used the fourth quarter to go on a 17-3 run and draw back.
“It took us some time to get going,” Pittman mentioned. “They have the large lady inside, and she or he alters loads of photographs. It simply took us a short time to learn to assault it.
“I believed Keeley Elsea bought us began within the second half. We bought the ball to her on the excessive put up, and she or he began attacking. We pulled the large lady out, then we have been in a position to drop the ball to the offside and get just a few simple buckets. We simply weren’t aggressive sufficient within the first half, and within the second half we have been much more aggressive.”
Parker completed with 18 factors to steer Gravette, which can play in a 7 p.m. semifinal sport right now in opposition to both Dardanelle or Jay, Okla. Moseley completed with 16 factors for Life Means.