BANGS — The Early Lady Horns ended a three-game drought and kept the Bangs Lady Dragons winless in District 6-2A basketball action with their 56-35 road triumph here Friday night.
Early had dropped its final two games at the Cross Timbers Classic last weekend, then suffered a 66-54 home loss to No. 14 Jim Ned in the 6-2A opener Tuesday.
“We played a lot better offensively and defensively and maybe that will get us on a roll again,” said Lady Horns head coach Naidene Tiemann. “We can’t come into a game being nervous or scared. We just need to come out relaxed like we did tonight and play.”
Sydney Skeen led Early (11-7, 1-1) with 13 points. Angela Sanderson chipped in 11 points, Bailey Harris added nine and Sarah Russell poured in seven — all off the bench.
“In games like this I want to try and get as many in as I can,” Tiemann said. “We’ve got players that can play, but depending on the game they don’t always get in. It’s big for us to have girls come in off the bench and hit shots the way they have been.”
For Bangs (9-7, 0-2), a second straight poor shooting night led to an another district defeat after the Lady Dragons had opened the season with nine wins in their first 14 games.
“Our shooting was horrible tonight,” said Lady Dragons head coach Rex Beck. “We are very inconsistent. We’ll shoot well one game and bad the next. I bet we didn’t shoot 20 percent tonight.”
Taylor Beck finished with 13 points and Hillary Evans added 12, but only three other Lady Dragons scored and just one — LeCrecia Apple with seven points — recorded more than a bucket.
Early led 7-6 with 3:35 left in the opening period, but back-to-back three-pointers from Harris gave the Lady Horns some breathing room and a 13-8 lead at the 2:03 mark.
Following an Evans bucket with 1:51 left in the period, the Lady Horns answered with nine straight points that put Early up 22-10 with 6:39 left before halftime.
Skeen scored four points during the run, Sanderson added two and Harris capped it with her third three-pointer.
Early allowed 10 points in the first quarter, but Bangs managed just 10 more points in the second and quarters combined as the Lady Horns built a 45-20 cushion.
“Coming in we didn’t know exactly what they did offensively, but other than a couple of missed block outs, we played a lot better defensively,” Tiemann said.
The Lady Horns’ lead peaked at 27 points, 52-25, following a three-pointer by Shandria Few with 4:42 remaining.
“We’re young, but we’re getting better,” Beck said. “We’re more fundamentally sound than we were a year ago. Now we just have to work on our shooting.”