A strong second half helped Grove push past the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday, January 3, in Jay.
Grove 48, Jay 26
The game started with the Lady Red taking a quick 6-0 lead, via a three from Macee Barnes. Grove spread the scoring around, with points coming from Blaise Redus, Kelsea Gorham and Mady Kraft. Jay answered by taking the lead and ending the half 13-10.
The Lady Red kept their scoring going with seven points from Gorham and two from Redus. The Lady Bulldogs would only manage four points in the second quarter: three points from Haley Dry and a free throw from Kyla Rogers. Grove took a 19-17 lead going into the half.
The second half is where things changed for the Lady Red. In the third, Grove accrued 18 points between six players, while Jay's Dry hit a three to score the Lady Bulldogs' only points of the quarter. At the end of the third, Grove led 37-20.
The fourth quarter was more of the same. Five members of the Lady Red scored eleven points, while Jay managed six. The game ended on a score of 48-26 in Grove's favor.
"I was happy with the second half, I didn't think we played well the first half, we made a lot of mental mistakes," said Grove head coach Richard Bassett. "We did a good job of making adjustments and coming back out mentally focused and turned things around."
Grove's leading scorer was Barnes, who had 15. Gorham had eleven points and Kraft had nine.
Jay was led by Dry, who scored nine. Rogers had eight and Alexia Duncan had four.
"It was a team effort," said Bassett. "Everybody just played a good role. Defensively, we were really big. We got a lot of steals and finished on the other end with layups."
Bassett says that his team played the second half like they should have played the first.
"The girls were coming off of Christmas break, which is a long stint not playing in a game and it just took us a while to get going in the right direction," said Bassett.
The now 5-4 Lady Red will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, in Grove when the team hosts fourth-ranked Claremore.