By MICHAEL S. ADAMS

H-P Sports Writer



SLOCUM — LaPoynor had a game plan to shut Slocum’s all-star guard Julie Bowman down and make the other players beat them.

The plan worked all to perfection as Slocum forward Kathryn Johnson scored a game-high 16 points while Leah O’Dell added nine as Slocum went on to defeat LaPoynor 50-38 Friday night in the semifinals of the Slocum Tournament.

“We knew they would come out and try to shut down Julie,” Slocum head coach Barry Gill said. “They did a good job of keeping the pressure on her, but we had some bench girls and other players step up.”

The Lady Flyers had to shift their game plan after Bowman and Johnson picked up three fouls each in the first quarter.

LaPoynor’s shooting problems did not allow the Lady Flyers to take advantage of Bowman and Johnson being on the bench. The Lady Flyers were just 1-of-12 from the floor and trailed 12-5 at the end of the first quarter.

Johnson picked up her fourth foul with 5:06 left in the first half and put LaPoynor in the double-bonus. The Lady Flyers were unable to capitalize from the free throw line, making just 8-20 free throws the entire game.

Both teams shot a combined 45 free throws and had a total of 36 fouls called against them. Slocum shot 52 percent from the the free throw line while LaPoynor shot 40 percent.

Lady Flyer guard Jasmine Clark scored 15 points in the game and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to keep the Lady Flyers in the game.

Bowman was held scoreless in the first half having to fight off a LaPoynor double team as the Lady Mustangs took a 27-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Bowman found her shot and scored all seven of her points in the second half to go with her seven rebounds and four steals.

O’Dell, who was perfect from behind the free-throw line going 6-6, grabbed six rebounds and a steal for the Lady Mustangs. Mandy O’Dell added seven points in the win.

Slocum extended its lead to 10 points at the end of the third quarter as the Lady Flyers continued to struggle from both the free-throw line and with field goals and scored just eight points in the third quarter.

“They are a good team,” Gill said. “This was a very good game and on a personal level I really enjoyed it.”

The Lady Mustangs will play Lovelady in the championship game of the Slocum Tournament at 6 p.m. today.

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Michael S. Adams may be contacted via e-mail at sports2@palestineherald.com

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