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Lady Pirates sink Ladycats

George Whitley

By George Whitley
Jan. 10, 2017 at 11:16 p.m.

Hallsville's Addison McDermott drives the basket during Tuesday's January 10, 2017 game against Pine Tree. (Les Hassell/News-Journal Photo)

It was total domination from the opening tip to the final horn as the Pine Tree Lady Pirates closed the first half of District 16-5A play with a definitive exclamation point.

Senior guard Marissa Gary continued her torrid scoring assault for the Lady Bucs, finishing with 22 points as Pine Tree cruised to a 57-41 win over the Hallsville Ladycats on Tuesday at the Pirate Center.

Gary packaged 11-point halves as Pine Tree improved to 14-10 overall and 4-2 in loop action. The Lady Pirates sit all alone in third placed behind unbeatens Sulphur Springs and Mount Pleasant.

"I thought our girls played excellent defense. Hallsville has good size and a lot of weapons, and we were able to control things tonight," said Lady Pirate coach Robin Herber. "Marissa had a very good game and everybody else did their jobs and did them well. They contributed on points, on rebounds, defense. It was just an outstanding job."

Trynitee Washington was another bright spot for Pine Tree as she netted 11 points and pulled seven rebounds.

The game pitted a couple of 16-5A's top scorers in Gary and Hallsville's Addison McDermott. The Ladycat sophomore tallied 10 first half points, but was held to only a single basket in the second half and finished with 12 points.

"I thought our effort was good. They competed the whole 32 minutes. We're going to keep working hard, get ready for Marshall and then start over with the second half," Ladycat coach Brad Blalock said.

Ambreenique Williams ripped a deep corner trey to start things for Pine Tree. Gary hit a running jumper at 5:54 and Washington scored on a shot from the elbow at 5:22 to make it 7-2.

Hallsville was undaunted early as point guard Brooklyn Taylor found the bottom on a 3-pointer at 4:44. McDermott dropped in a baseline jumper at 3:27 and added a fast break layup at 2:11 to give the Ladycats their first lead of the night at 9-7.

The Hallsville lead would be short-lived as Jordan Fuller canned a 12-footer to tie the game at 9-9 with 1:22 to play. Fuller connected on the back end of a two-shot foul to move Pine Tree back out in front 10-9 going to the second quarter.

Essence Washington managed a steal and layup, followed up by a long-range 3-pointer to hike the Pine Tree lead to 19-11 midway of the first half.

Back-to-back buckets from McDermott kept Hallsville close as the clock wound down in the second. Gary closed the half by draining five of six from the charity stripe.

The Lady Pirates took a 29-19 lead to the break and extended that to 48-26 after three. Pine Tree's advantage would hit 23 at 55-32 after Essence Washington sank a jumper off a feed from Gary with 2:26 showing.

Hallsville (18-9, 1-4) finished with a flurry going on a 9-2 run as Kiara Silmon rang up consecutive layups to close the scoring.

Pine Tree is off Friday before starting second round action Tuesday at Marshall. Hallsville closes out first round play at home against Marshall on Friday.



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