Lady Dogs win 3 of 4 in Midland tourney

Winning three of four games in the three-day Midland Christian Basketball Tournament last weekend, the Brady Lady Bulldogs arguably played their best basketball of the season although they lost by six points in the tourney finals to the host team. “I am very proud of the girls,” Brady coach Ted Epley said. “I received numerous comments on the way these young ladies played and conducted themselves on the court. To me, that’s better than a win any day.” In the first round of play, the Lady Dogs defeated Pecos, 50-44. Danielle Snodgrass led the team with 16 points while Kati Hines contributed 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jennifer Valdez had 9 points and 6 rebounds. “We played just well enough to win, but considering we were coming off a five-day Christmas break, it wasn’t too bad. We beat a good 4A team in Pecos, and I was extremely proud of Danielle’s 16 points. We need her to score and take some pressure off Kati,” Epley said of the game. Game 1: Score by quarters: Brady 10 17 10 13’50 Pecos 10 9 6 19’44 In the quarterfinals game, the Lady Dogs defeated Midland Trinity, 52-45. In this contest, Hines paced the squad with 19 points while taking down 7 rebounds. Valdez had 11 points and 2 rebounds while Crystal Pitcox had 8 points and 14 rebounds. “We came out flat in this game, and Trinity jumped on us early. Crystal Pitcox got us going in the second quarter, hitting a three-pointer. She then stole the ball and made a lay-up on back-to-back possessions. “We built up a 14-point lead then hung on from there. Pitcox’s 14 rebounds were outstanding,” Epley said. Game 2: Score by quarters: Brady 7 19 10 16’52 Mid. Trinity 11 7 12 15’45 In the semifinals game, Brady jumped off to a big 14-4 first quarter lead and went on to whip Midland Christian JV, 51-28. Valdez led the team with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Cassie Williams had 10 points and 5 rebounds and Krystal Jacoby had 10 points and 4 rebounds. “I was very pleased with the win against a very good Midland Christian JV team that was 16-2 entering the game. They defeated 3A Kermit to get to the semis, and they start a 6-2 and 6-1 girl inside. “I thought our defense was very good. Valdez played her usual solid game. I was extremely proud of our younger players (sophomores Williams, Michelle Hyden, Kayce Pollok and Jacoby) for the way they played. Danielle fouled out and Kati hurt her ankle so these players had to step up and they responded well,” Epley said. Game 3: Score by quarters: Brady 14 10 11 16’51 Mid. Chris. 4 8 9 7’28 In the championship game on Saturday night, the Brady girls played a nip and tuck game with the host varsity squad, before falling, 53-47. “This was a very well-played, hard-fought game. Midland Christian is good. They are 18-4 on the season and have beaten Crane and Odessa Permian. They have a big 6-2 girl inside who is every bit as good or better than the Blau girl that Menard had last year. “Our downfall Saturday night was our free-throw shooting, hitting only 6 of 19. It cost us the game. The ladies were disappointed after the game, knowing we let this one slip away,” Epley said. Hines led the scoring for Brady in the finals game, netting 18 points and grabbing off 4 rebounds. Valdez had 7 points and 10 rebounds, Pitcox had 6 points and 8 rebounds and Jana Partin had 6 points and 2 rebounds. Game 4: Score by quarters: Brady 10 15 11 11’47 Mid. Christ. 13 14 14 12’53 “This is a big week coming up for us,” Epley said. “We play at Grape Creek Tuesday (tonight) then the REAL season starts Friday when we begin district play. This game is here against Llano, who is probably the pre-season favorite. “We need everyone in Brady to come out to the “Dawg Pound” Friday night and help these ladies beat Llano.”

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