The South Gray Lady Rebels girls basketball team overcame a third-quarter rally to beat the Sublette Lady Larks 50-39 Saturday.
The win earned the team a third-place finish in the 2017 Cimarron Invitational.
Rebels head coach Paul Clancy said it was a good feeling even if the girls were obviously a little disappointed they weren’t able to win the tournament.
South Gray jumped out to an early lead and held it through the first two quarters. After the first quarter, the Rebels led 10-3, and at halftime they led 25-14.
Free throws, which had been part of the team’s struggle when they lost to Cimarron Friday night, were no issue for them Saturday. The Rebels hit 22 of 30 from the line, including 13 of 16 in the first half. Free throws also accounted for the team’s first four points in the game.
“Sublette, they’re a good team, but they’re not quite as physical as Cimarron,” Clancy said. “We got wore down a little bit last night by Cimarron, and that hurts your legs and your free-throw shooting ability but I think the girls were a little more focused about making free throws.”
Friday’s game, a a 51-43 loss for the Lady Rebels to the Lady Jays, left the Rebels tired, something that carried over into Saturday’s game, and led to some girls playing uncommonly-high minutes.
“We got girls in foul trouble today,” Clancy said. “Like, Hannah Askew played the whole game and she was really tired.”
Despite the early leads, however, Sublette got back into the game in the third quarter and early in the fourth narrowed the lead to a single point. Clancy said the team showed resiliency in not letting the game slip away.
“I’ve talked about this to the girls about being resilient,” Clancy said. “When things aren’t going well, not going as you planned, face a little adversity, you’ve got to gather yourself and you’ve gotta refocus and do things right, and that’s what they did. We got out of running our offense, we were getting sloppy with the ball, then we got back into doing that and we were able to get the win.”
The South Gray girls basketball team next heads to Ingalls, Kansas, to take on Ingalls at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.