WHITE HALL — White Hall used a 12-0 late in the fourth quarter to pull away from Lake Hamilton on Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs led 54-52 before scoring 12 of the game’s final 15 points to claim a 66-55 win over the Lady Wolves on the first day of the inaugural Relyance Bank Classic at White Hall High School.
“I have to say hat’s off to my kids,” said White Hall head coach Mike Upshaw. “Our kids were determined.
“We got a chance to play a very good 6A school. We made stops and hit enough free throws. I’m just so proud of my kids.”
White Hall (7-3) got off to a 6-0 lead to start the game and led the whole way through the first quarter. A three-pointer by Lake Hamilton’s Kylie Frazier narrowed her team’s deficit to one point at 12-11 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs extended their lead to 31-28 at halftime thanks to big second quarters from Hailey Wilkins and JaeLisa Allen, who scored seven and six points, respectively, in the frame.
Lake Hamilton outscored White Hall by three in the third quarter to send the game into the fourth tied at 45-45. Frazier connected on three three-pointers in the third as she finished the night with a game-high 24 points, including six three-pointers.
After her big third quarter, Frazier only had three points in the fourth and the Lady Wolves managed just 10 total points in the quarter.
“We just had to know where she was at,” Upshaw said of Frazier. “… What we did towards the end of the fourth was chase her.
“We gave up a couple of dribble-drives off of it, but it’s better to give up a driving, one-handed shot than give her an open look.
“We put Hailey Wilkins on her. Actually, Hailey volunteered to guard her. She came up to me and said, ‘Coach, do you want me to take her?’ And that’s just the kind of attitude our kids had tonight.”
White Hall made just 8 of 20 free throws in the fourth but cold shooting by Lake Hamilton helped offset the struggles.
Allen finished with a team-high 21 points, while Wilkins finished with 16 on the night. Lindsey Williams added 13 points for White Hall.
Beebe 62, Fordyce 53
WHITE HALL — Fordyce couldn’t make a 34-29 halftime lead stand up as it fell to Beebe 62-53 in its opener of the Relyance Bank Classic.
Lacie Hulse led Fordyce with 22 points, including 14 in the opening half. Hulse made 7 of 8 free throws. Alyssa English finished with 11 points for the Lady Bugs, who led 19-11 after one quarter.
Kaela Miller scored a game-high 19 points for Bebee, which led 42-40 heading into the fourth. Miller scored 15 of her points in the first half.
Fordyce will face White Hall at 1 p.m. today.