The Dibrell Lady Wildcats pounced on the Morrison Lady Eagles on Tuesday night in the county postseason tournament. It was not until the second half Dibrell turned up its offense and showed its claws.
The Lady Eagles were grounded in the second half as the Lady Wildcats were relentless in the third and fourth quarters.
Dibrell dominated Morrison and defeated the Lady Eagles, 45-20.
Kylie Young for Dibrell led all scorers with a game-high 19 points. Young was scoreless in the second quarter and then poured in 15 of her 19 in the final two periods.
Morrison struggled through the second quarter and was down 15-9 at the half. The Lady Wildcats realized the Lady Eagles were in trouble and in the third quarter Dibrell was poised to strike early and often.
The Lady Wildcat defense pushed the Lady Eagle ball handlers into bad decisions. An intense surge on the defensive end by Dibrell allowed Young to pick up baskets after the turnovers.
Rhealee Johnson picked off passes and picked up loose balls for much of the third quarter. When she was not scoring, she passed the ball ahead to her teammates. Johnson picked up five of her 10 points in the third.
The Lady Eagles attempted to take off in the third despite the Dibrell pressure. Alexis Cory was the only Lady Eagle to score from the floor for six minutes.
Brielee Kelsey was fouled before she got the chance to hoist a shot. Kelsey shot 3-of-6 from the free-throw line and Gaby Monzon was fouled. She knocked down 1-of-2 and Morrison trailed 28-15 with one quarter to play.
Dibrell continued its attack on both ends of the floor and the Lady Eagles did not have an answer for Young. She went straight to the rim time after time and her efforts netted her an additional nine points.
Juju Pyburn and Megan Davis dropped shots in the closing minutes. Dibrell settled into a rhythm in the second half and left the Lady Eagles grounded.
Kelsey and Monzon scored late for Morrison as did Allie Childers. The Lady Eagle season came to an end after a 45-20 loss to Dibrell in the first round held Tuesday.
Dibrell advanced to play Irving College on Thursday with results not available at press time. The championship is scheduled for Saturday at Warren County High School.
LADY WILDCAT SCORING – Kylie Young 19, Rhealee Johnson 10, Sadie Simmons 5, Calyn Damon 4, Juju Pyburn 4, Megan Davis 2, Rachel Bell 1
LADY EAGLE SCORING – Gaby Monzon 5, Jasmine Cantrell 5, Brielee Kelsey 5, Alexis Cory 4, Allie Childers 1