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December 27, 2013

Defending Mid-America champs fall in first round

Ada — Things did not go well for the defending champion Sulphur Lady Bulldogs in the first round of the 2013 BFT Mid-America Classic.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to Class 4A  No. 4 Mount St. Mary 52-31.

The injury-plagued Lady Bulldogs, playing without two starters including junior standout Bailey Eldred (the only returning starter from last years state championship team), committed 25 turnovers in the contest and were a cool 11-of-38 (28.9%) from the field.

Mount St. Mary got on the board first, off of a drive by senior Amy Rischard at the 7:13 mark. After a Sulphur turnover ,Adrienne Berry scored giving the Lady Rockets a 4-0 lead.  Sulphur's first bucket came at the 6:00 mark as Bailey Bruce found Reilly Williams down low for the bucket. Berry scored again with 5:40 on the clock for a 6-2 advantage.

Hali Gilbert then knocked down a three to cut the lead to 6-5 at the 5:20 mark. Rischard then laid up a floater down the lane for an 8-5 MSM lead.

Sulphur tied it at 8-all after a long three by Katie Lancaster at the 4:45 mark. MSM went back on top 10-8 after a put back by Jordan Hagood. Rischard scored again with 2:00 minutes on the clock for a 12-8 lead.

They pushed the lead to six with :35 ticks on the clock after Berry stole the ball and laid it in. The last bucket of the quarter came with :15 seconds on the clock as Bruce drove inside and laid it in for a 14-10 score after one.

Sulphur scored first in the second as Gilbert drained a three to cut the lead back to one, 14-13 with 6:55 showing on the clock.

The Lady Rockets then went on an 11-0 run over the next two and a half minutes increasing the lead to 25-13 at the three minute mark.

Sulphur ended its scoring drought at the 2:32 mark after Allie Saunders knocked down two free throws to cut the lead 27-15.  After an MSM turnover, Lancaster drained another three to cut the margin to 27-18.

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