The Palestine Ladycats held Rusk scoreless in the second half until three seconds left in the game.

That was the biggest drama of the night for Palestine, as the Ladycats routed the Lady Eagles 45-8 Friday night, giving Palestine a three-game win streak.

“Our defense did a good job staying in the passing lanes and not giving them open looks at the basket,” Palestine head coach Andy Snider said. “We had a total team effort tonight.”

Palestine (3-2, 4-13) got out to an early lead in the first quarter, controlling the game from the very beginning.

“We came out and established ourselves early which was important,” Snider said. “We were able to establish our inside game which opens up a lot of things for us.”

The inside presence for Palestine was Allison Reed, who had the first six points for the Ladycats, who quickly led 6-1.

A steal and a layup by Jessica Faggett and a three-point play by Tajan Snowden gave Palestine a 11-4 lead after the first quarter.

Rusk scored the first two points in the second quarter, but it would be the last time the Lady Eagles made a basket not only in the first half but until three seconds left in the game.

The Ladycats forced 17 turnovers, including getting 12 steals with Vallarie Birdow and Jessica Faggett each getting three steals.

Palestine also controlled the offensive boards, grabbing 13 offensive rebound. Snowden’s putback and made foul shot in the second quarter giving Palestine its first double-digit lead of the game.

“We did a good job getting after it on the offensive boards,” Snider said. “We have been positioning and getting the rebounds and we saw that tonight.”

Jazmine Cashmere, who had a game-high 11 points, ended the scoring for Palestine in the second quarter when she drove from the wing for a layup as the Ladycats went into halftime with a 20-6 lead.

In the third quarter, Palestine held Rusk scoreless as the Ladycats continued to slowly increase their lead.

Halfway through the third quarter, Faggett found an open Reed for a layup and then Reed went to work in the post, making a basket from the paint to give Palestine a 28-6 lead. Reed had 10 points on the night.

Cashmere put the finishing touches on the third quarter when she nailed a three pointer from the wing as Palestine was cruising to its third straight victory.

By the time Rusk had finally scored with three seconds left in the game, Palestine had scored 34 unanswered points.

Palestine will look to continue its win streak Tuesday when the Ladycats travel to Westwood.

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