LAMPASAS — Jenny Bowden had difficulty finding words to describe her team’s poor performance.
Lampasas only made three field goals through the first three quarters, missed more than half its free throws and committed 23 turnovers as Austin’s St. Dominic Savio never trailed en route to a 47-33 victory.
After the game, the Lady Badgers head coach kept her comments brief.
“We’re young, we’re going to make mistakes, but all this is preparing us for district play,” Bowden said. “That’s all I got.”
The coach did not need to say much because Lampasas’ play spoke for itself.
The Lady Badgers (2-12) tied the game 4-4 early in the first quarter when sophomore guard Qadrey Tolliver found Kailey Davis for an easy basket, but Lampasas did not record another field goal until 5:44 remained in the first half. During the shooting slump, Savio used a 14-2 run to build a 20-8 advantage.
Senior guard Julie Mize finally broke the drought by getting an offensive rebound and putback to pull the Lady Badgers within nine points, 20-11, before making one of two free throws to trim the lead to 20-12 with 5:33 remaining in the second quarter.
The Lady Eagles did not allow Lampasas to get any closer, though.
Lampasas did not score again in the half and, despite a 2-for-10 shooting performance in the second quarter, Savio (9-6) went into halftime leading 25-12. Lampasas missed 20 of its first 22 shots and had 11 turnovers in the first two quarters.
Things did not get any better for the Lady Badgers in the third quarter. Sophomore post Ashyln Theus connected with Chasity Fields, who was open in the paint, 45 seconds into the second half, to make the score 25-14, but it would be the only points Lampasas scored in the quarter until Field made a free throw with less than four seconds remaining, making the score 35-15 entering the fourth quarter.
The Lady Badgers finally began showing signs of life during the game’s final eight minutes, but the damage was already done.
Lampasas made five of 10 shots in the fourth quarter as Mize, who finished with 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist, scored eight of her team-high 15 points, and teammate Stacie Olivarez added five points, including the Lady Badgers’ lone 3-pointer of the evening, to help outscore Savio 18-12 in the quarter.
While Lampasas’ offense was starting to click, its free-throw shooting continued to suffer. The Lady Badgers missed 17 of their 31 free throws and were 6-of-18 in the second half. Mize, who went to the free-throw line 14 times, only made seven attempts and was 2-of-5 after halftime.
Although the Lady Badgers’ offensive woes prevented them from ever threatening Savio, their defensive inadequacies sealed their fate.
Lady Eagles junior Jenna Minor scored a game-high 18 points and single-handedly outscored Lampasas 16-15 through the first three quarters. The guard added 10 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and a pair of assists, while teammate Stephanie Moses scored 11 points.
Outside of Mize, who made four of 12 field goal attempts, the rest of the Lady Badgers combined to go 4-for-31 from the floor.