By DR. DAVID DAVIS
With about 3:04 left in the game, the Dawson Lady Eagles were trailing the George Ranch Lady Longhorns 54-51.
That’s when the Lady Horns shifted into another gear and went on a 11-0 run to stun the hustling Lady Eagles 65-51
Offensively, Dawson wasn’t able to find the bucket while George Ranch fired in two long-range bombs as part of their 11 consecutive run that sealed the win.
Dawson opened the game with a 5-0 run including a 3-pointer by Kristen Shotts, but George Ranch answered with a run of their own as they went on a 12-0 run to make the score 12-5.
George Ranch would ride the long range bombs hitting four for a 21-15 first quarter lead.
The Lady Horns continued to build on their lead outscoring the Lady Eagles 15-11 for a 36-26 lead at intermission.
George Ranch road the offense of Alexis White who scored 17 first half points while getting the assistance of Julia Schwake who fired in three 3-pointers and a short jumper of 11 points.
Dawson countered with the offense of Jada Rogers (10 points) and Amaya Bickham (7 points).
The Lady Eagles got back in the game in the third quarter as Liz Davis got in on the scoring with a 3-pointer and a couple of baskets while Teshuna Lockhart added three short baskets to outscore the Lady Horns 18-12 and cut the lead to 48-44 entering the final period.
After Rogers cut the score to 55-51 with a short jumper, Dawson was unable to hit the easy shots under the basket and died at the free throw line going 1-of-7 when they had the chance to possibly pull out a win.
White finished the game at the top scorer with 28 points while Schwake added 18 points for the Lady Horns.
Rogers was the lead scorer for Dawson with 12 points followed by Davis who tossed in 11 and Lockhart and Bickham each scored 10.
“We just couldn’t stay with George Ranch down the stretch,” Dawson head coach Isabel said. “Our girls are young and they have a lot of fight in them. We’ll be OK as we are still in the playoff hunt.”
Dawson is in fourth place at 5-4 in the District 23-6A standings behind Pearland, Alief Hastings, and George Ranch.