Lockdown defense carries Lady Dogs past Lady Cats


STAR CITY — The Star City girls used a stifling defense and a balanced offense to overpower Dumas in its 8-4A Conference home opener on Friday night.

The Lady Dogs held the Lady Cats to single-digit scoring in the opening three quarters and, despite having no players reach double figures, earned a 55-35 win.

“I was happy,” said Star City head coach Becky Brown. “I was pleased with their effort.

“I thought our team defense and rebounding were good.”

The defense led to numerous turnovers and missed layups by Dumas (10-6, 2-1).

“We got to put the ball in the hole,” said Lady Cats head coach Glory Slater. “I think sometimes we were trying to get the foul, but they weren’t calling it for us.

“So a lot of the time we ended missing the shot and not getting the foul.”

According to Brown, solid team defense has been a theme this season for the Lady Dogs (12-2, 3-0).

“I just thought that the team defense is what has really made us gel,” Brown said. “That’s what is making the difference for us.”

On Friday night, scoring contributions across the board also helped buoy Star City, which stretched its conference winning streak to 76 games.

“Our scoring was balanced,” Brown said. “… That tells me kids are coming off the bench and making an impact.

“I thought Jade Brasher, who went 3 for 4 from the three-point line, hit some big outside shots for us.”

Brasher led the way for Star City scoring nine points. Six other Lady Dogs scored between six and eight points.

On the other side, Mona Mitchell led Dumas with a game-high 10 points.

Despite a rough first quarter, the Lady Cats only trailed 12-8 heading to the second period thanks to a pair of three-pointers by Tia White.

Brasher connected on two of her three-pointers in the second quarter as Star City outscored Dumas 15-6 in the period to take a 27-14 halftime lead.

A 10-0 run by the Lady Dogs to start the third quarter allowed them to open up a 23-point lead.

Dumas responded with a 7-0 run over the quarter’s final four minutes, but Star City used an 11-0 run to open the fourth to put the game away.

“We missed some easy shots,” Brown said of the drought to close the third period. “I was really pleased with how they responded.

“I thought our hustle and effort was there for all four quarters.”

Despite the loss, Slater said she’s still confident her team can win the conference.

“I told them, ‘This game is not going to define us,’” Slater said. “I’ll never quit.

“There is no quit in me.”

BOYS

Dumas 51, Star City 32

STAR CITY — Only three Dumas players scored in its game against Star City, but the trio of Johnny Gibson, James Spinks and Ken Madden provided more than enough points for the Bobcats.

Gibson led the way with 22 points, including 13 in the second half. Spinks added 15 points and Madden finished with 14, highlighted by two putback dunks.

Dumas (3-8, 2-1 in 8-4A Conference) held quarter leads of 10-8, 26-17 and 36-24.

Toney Matthews scored 13 points to lead Star City (0-10, 0-3).