BELTON — Mary Bilby was so bored she fell asleep. The Austin Anderson Lady Trojans’ junior captain couldn’t help it.
“I was sleeping on the bus on the way up here,” said Bilby. “It took so long it felt like we had jet lag.”
The Lady Trojans woke up in the third quarter and beat Belton 45-32.
“I don’t know why we come out like that in the third quarter,” said Belton coach Brenda Gomez. “Maybe we won’t go to the locker room at halftime. I thought we played good defense in the first half and we lost focus and couldn’t stop them.”
Thanks to high traffic, construction and a missed highway exit on Friday night, the Lady Trojans didn’t arrive at Belton until 10 minutes before game time.
“You never want to use anything as an excuse but my girls had to jump off the bus and play,” Hall said. “They started out slow but picked it up and got a win. I just don’t want them thinking they can do this all the time — we need to start fast.”
The Lady Trojans needed 16 more to get fully limbered up. Belton (7-10) took advantage of its opponent’s rustiness as they pulled away in the first quarter with a 12-7 lead. Lady Tigers’ junior guard Kinsey Williams scored four of her team-leading eight points in the quarter.
Belton went into halftime with an 18-14 lead, but that’s when Bilby said the Lady Trojans (11-5, 1-0 15-5A) woke up.
Harris scored eight of her game high 19 points during the third quarter run. Bilby had a basket, two blocks and an assist, while junior Saundra Guillory added four points and a block of her own.
“We had to switch our defense after the first quarter — we went to a 1-3-1 set,” Guillory said. “That allowed us to move more and to rotate with (Bilby) which let us stay in the paint.”
Bilby and Guillory combined for seven blocks and 11 rebounds while adding 10 points each.
Anderson was so stifling during the second and third quarters that Belton did not convert a basket for 13 minutes — leaving the Lady Tigers' lone scores coming from the charity stripe.
“We are going to see better teams when we get to district,” Gomez said. “So we need to take a hard look at ourselves and decide how competitive we want to be.”