Lady Lions Remain Undefeated In Loop Play
LADY LION SENIOR KYERA ABRAM puts up a shot at the basket in last week’s 62-56 road win over the Buffalo Lady Bison. Abram scored baskets on 10 of 11 shots she took during the game and led all scorers with 23 points. She also pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked a shot.
Just when it seemed the Teague Lady Lions were on the verge of squandering an outstanding effort in their battle with 2nd place Buffalo, they recovered just in time over the game?s final four minutes to collect a key 62-56 road win over the Lady Bison on Tuesday, January 15, 2013.
After opening the third quarter with an 11-0 run fueled by a stout defensive press to go up 39-24, Teague watched their hosts slowly climb back into the contest with the Lady Lions clinging to a 43-39 lead after three quarters.
The hotly contested game saw Buffalo cut its deficit to a 49-48 with 4:00 left to play before Teague Coach Taylor Sims called a timeout to give his squad a chance to regroup. The Lady Lions then were able to close out the contest with a 13-8 run to escape Leon County with the 62-56 win.
The victory at Buffalo, coupled with a 83-12 win at home over Rice on Friday, January 18, keeps the Lady Lions? district ledger unblemished at 8-0 with Teague now holding a two-game lead over Buffalo (5-2) and a three-game advantage over both Marlin (5-3) and Mildred (4-3).
In last week?s win at Buffalo, the two opponents swapped leads through the early part of the first quarter before Teague went ahead on a bucket by senior Kyera Abram to give an 11-10 lead which it would never surrender the rest of the evening.
Teague led 17-14 after the opening quarter before taking a slim 28-24 advantage into the break setting up the sizzling third and fourth quarters. The second half featured some of the Lady Lions? most determined basketball of the season leading to Teague?s second consecutive win over Buffalo after suffering four straight defeats at the hands of the Lady Bison.
In leading Teague to the win, Abram had an amazing night on the court as she connected on 10-of-11 field attempts, missing only her first on which she was fouled. Kyera finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot.
Not to be overshadowed, Teague forward NiCosha Nelms added 14 points and 11 rebounds while Haley Guerrero pitched in with 10 points, six boards, five assists and a steal.
Caitlyn Collins did another efficient job of directing the Lady Lions? offense as she dished out five assists while also collecting five rebounds, a steal and scoring nine points. Alie Watson finished with four points and five boards, three assists and a steal while Abbey Hurst rounded out Teague?s scoring with two points.
Danielle McWilliams had two rebounds and two steals while Kenya Busby added two rebounds to contribute to the Teague win.
From the field, the Lady Lions were 25-of-45 (56%) from inside the arc but only 1-of-11 from beyond. Guerrero connected on the only 3-pointer in the game for Teague but it was a dagger late in the contest that extended a slim two-point lead to five. Buffalo never got any closer on the scoreboard after that point in the game.
Teague was 9-of-20 from the free-throw line but did hit on 6-of-9 tries in the crucial fourth quarter. The Lady Lions turned the ball over 21 times in the contest.
Buffalo was led by senior Kylan Ferguson (#14) who finished with 16 points while freshman Maci Hoffman (#25) added 15 points but had to sit much of the game due to early foul trouble.
In the win over Rice on Friday, January 18, Teague got another solid effort from the trio of Abram, Guerrero and Nelms who finished with 23, 20 and 16 points respectively to lead the Lady Lions.
Teague led 23-6 after one quarter before opening up a 40-8 half time advantage. The Lady Lions then outscored the outmanned Lady Bulldogs 43-4 over the second half to finish with an 83-12 victory as Teague cleared its bench early and often during the contest.
The Lady Lions were 34-of-65 (52%) from the field but only 3-of-21 from behind the arc with Guerrero hitting twice from long range and Watson opening the game with a 3-pointer.
The struggles continued at the charity stripe where Teague turned in a 6-of-18 effort. The Lady Lions tied their lowest turnover total of the season as they committed just nine during the entire contest.
Abram?s 23 points came on another hot shooting night as she connected on 11-of-14 attempts while Guerrero was equally as efficient as she was 7-of-10 from inside the arc on the way to her 20 points. Nelms? 16 points came on a night when she hit 8-of-13 shots from the field.
Watson was also in double figures for the Lady Lions with 10 points while Kali Crowhurst chipped in five points followed by Hurst (4 points), McWilliams (2), Busby (2) and Collins (1).
On the boards, Abram pulled down 11 rebounds with Nelms adding nine boards and Hurst grabbing seven more caroms. Others credited with rebounds in the contest were Crowhurst, Guerrero, McWilliams, Kirby Cooper, Collins, Watson and Busby.
Guerrero, Nelms and Watson all had five steals apiece followed by Collins with three while every other player on the Teague roster had at least one theft in the game.
Collins handed out seven assists in leading the Teague offensive attack while Nelms dished out six more with Crowhurst, Guerrero, Hurst, Busby and Abram also having assists in the game for the Lady Lions.
On the defensive end, Abram blocked two Rice shot attempts with Collins, Hurst and Busby also rejecting Lady Dogs? shots.
LADY LION NOTES: District 23-2A play was slated to continue this week for Teague with the Lady Lions traveling to Blooming Grove on Tuesday, January 22 before hosting Mildred on Friday, January 25.