In the second round of the county postseason tournament, Irving College received a scare in the second quarter when Dibrell climbed out of a huge first-quarter deficit and tied the score at the half, 16-16.
The Lady Tigers responded with a dominant second half and defeated the Lady Wildcats, 37-27.
Despite a 10-point loss, Lady Wildcat Rhealee Johnson led all scorers with a game-high 11 points.
A big defensive effort by Irving College in the first quarter put Dibrell in the hole. Johnson was the only Lady Wildcat to find the range in the first quarter.
Irving College picked up a few baskets in the first. Kenley Cathcart picked up a loose ball and went straight to the rim. Jillian Frankman found her way through the defense and Emily Fults shot 1-of-4 from the free-throw line. Irving College led at the end of the first, 5-2.
Frankman took over the Lady Tiger offense and she dropped six points in the second. Hannah Lee got on the scoreboard when she buried a pair of free throws and Amy Williamson scored two points.
Dibrell settled in and started to find the range from outside in the second. Calyn Damon pulled the trigger from way outside and she sparked the offense with a deep 3-pointer. Sadie Simmons, Kylie Young, and Bailey Glenn worked the ball around the perimeter.
Just before the half, Dibrell had clawed its way back and tied the score, 16-16.
Irving College regrouped in the locker room and the Lady Wildcats controlled the pace of the second half. Dibrell looked confused on defense and the potent offense from the second quarter was gone.
Karissa Smartt was scoreless in the first half and she scored four points in the third. Lee and Fults combined for six more points for Irving College.
Johnson and Simmons combined for five points in the third for Dibrell. The Lady Wildcats needed better looks at the rim and forced several bad shots. Irving College controlled the rebounding.
It did not get any easier for the Lady Wildcats in the fourth. Irving College’s defense forced Dibrell to rush on offense and the Lady Wildcats caved.
Irving College defeated Dibrell by a final score of 37-27 and advance to the championship round on Saturday night. Results from the championship game were not available at press time.
LADY TIGER SCORING – Hannah Lee 10, Jillian Frankman 9, Karissa Smartt 8, Emily Fults 5, Kenley Cathcart 3, Amy Williamson 1
LADY WILDCAT SCORING – Rhealee Johnson 11, Calyn Damon 5, Kylie Young 5, Sadie Simmons 4, Bailey Glenn 2