Lady Hornets win bi-district game, advance sectional tourney

The Rochelle Lady Hornets traveled to Brookesmith Tuesday night with one goal in mind’advancing out of bi-district competition. Having done that with their 58-45 win over Santa Anna, they now look forward to a win tonight in Abilene when they take on the Knippa Rockcrushers. In what appeared to be a tooth-and-nail battle Tuesday night in the first two quarters of play, the Lady Hornets went to the hoop in the second half to seal the victory. “Again we got off to a terrible start scoring only six points in the first quarter,” said Rochelle coach Mike Gardner. “I think we were just pressing the offense too much, trying to get somewhere with the ball when it was not open. “Every time we tried to shoot we were fouled. I was proud of my girls though. They were able to overcome this obstacle and pull out the win. I understand I was responsible for one of my player’s first two fouls. I would like for some great basketball mind to explain how this could happen.” Rochelle senior Gina Baker was the star player for the night for the Hornets as she posted 28 total points on the night. Six field goals and 16 points from the free throw line helped boost the Hornets to their victory. Gina leads the district in points, averaging 25 per game. Senior point guard Tanda Cook also had a hot scoring hand for the Hornets. Dropping 11 points on the night, she had one field goal, one three-pointer and made six points from the free throw line. Tanda’s season average is 18 points per game. Other Rochelle scorers were Sarah Crowder 6, Tamara Barr and Adele Richardson 4, Lacy Singleton and Shaylene Gossett 2 and Stephanie Howell 1. The Hornet’s most recent bi-district advancement came in 1999 against the Eden Bulldogs. Last year they advanced to the bi-district round but were unable to capture the win. The Lady Hornets will travel to McMurry University in Abilene tonight to tip-off against Knippa at 8 p.m. for a sectional tournament. Knippa is a small town located in Uvalde County south of San Antonio. New to Class A this year, competition will be narrowed down in a sectional two-day tournament through a semi-final and final round rather than the previous method of advancing to area and then regional playoffs. Teams which advance out of the final round in the sectional tournament will move on to the semi-state/semi-finals, followed by the semi-state finals and eventually the state finals. Should the Lady Hornets win their match against Knippa on Friday, they’ll advance to the final round of the sectional tournament and will be subject to an 11 a.m. game start on Saturday in Abilene.

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