Split wins Thursday night at Grady keep the the Lady Bronchos and Logan Longhorns unbeaten in district play.
The (4-0) Lady Bronchos set the tempo of the 57-49 win over the (3-1) Logan Lady Longhorns from the start by controlling the glass and forcing turnovers.
The Lady Longhorns fought back several times from double-digit leads. However, the Lady Bronchos continued to pull away by rebounding the ball on offense, gaining the second and third shot opportunities and sinking foul shots.
On defense they took over the glass by limiting the Lady Longhorns second shot chances. Senior Megan Frost lead the Lady Longhorns in scoring (5, 3-6) with 13 points.
"We will see them again. They have to come to our house," Frost said. "We just need to play our kind of ball."
"We took ourselves out of the game," said Lady Longhorns head coach Clair Rachor. "We did not establish our press in the beginning and let them run with the ball. The girls were not patient on offense and that caused some turnovers. Fouls hurt us tonight in many ways."
The foul trouble benefited the Lady Bronchos as they shot 42 free throws from Lady Longhorns fouls. Despite making only 20-42, the Lady Bronchos stayed ahead because of the Lady Longhorns 13-29 performance from the free-throw line. Leading the Lady Bronchos in points was sophomore Mandy Rush (4, 8-14).
"I am happy with how the girls played tonight," said Lady Bronchos head coach Alicia Rush. "We missed too many free throws and fouled too much. They managed to keep a level head when Logan got within 2 points but kept working on getting the win."
Alicia Rush said that she told the team that the game would come down to free throws.
"If Logan would have made their free throws, the victory tonight could have very well been a loss," Alicia Rush said. "We need to work on our free throws and limit the times we send the other teams to the line."
It was a different story when the (4-0) Longhorns took the court with a 72-59 win over the Grady Bronchos.
The Longhorns grabbed an early 12-point lead. The (2-2) Bronchos managed to shrink the lead to 7 points – the Longhorns lowest lead of the night.
Building on their first period gains, the Longhorns lead by as much as 22 points, with senior Taylor Smith who had 20 points. Sophomore Brandon Ranfool aided in the win with 13 points.
Rarely was there not a double-digit lead on the board that the Bronchos were trying to overcome. The Bronchos charge was lead by junior Dalton Thomas who scored16-points and senior Tanner Allen with 15-points.
The district run for both teams continues on Saturday when:
• The Longhorns play at 5:30 p.m. against the Clovis Christian Eagles at Logan.
• The Grady Bronchos play at 6 p.m. against the San Jon Coyotes at San Jon.