The Breckenridge Lady Bucks followed their opening round victory with two close losses in the Lions Club Holiday Tournament that concluded on Saturday, Dec. 29.
"It was a good tournament for us and I feel like we progressed through each game," Lady Bucks coach Ky Graham said. "We had chances to win each of the last two games. With a young team, we've got to find a way to win some of these close games. We'll get it done. We are getting better and I'm confident in our girls."
Breck vs. Tolar
Breckenridge fell to the Tolar Lady Rattlers 36-32 in the third-place game.
The Lady Bucks held a 14-13 lead as the teams headed into the locker room for the halftime break. The teams were tied at 9-9 after the opening period.
Junior Landre Griffin nailed a 3-pointer to open the second-half scoring for the Lady Bucks.
Freshman Alexa Medina hit a tough shot from the baseline to put Breckenridge ahead 19-14, for the Lady Bucks largest lead.
Sophomore post Heidi O'Dell Breckenridge a 21-18 advantage with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Tolar took their first lead of the game at 22-21 with 40 seconds left in the third period on a free throw.
Medina scored a go-ahead bucket with 20 seconds remaining to give Breckenridge a 23-22 lead with one quarter to play.
Tolar starter the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run and never lost the lead again.
Junior post Megan Herrington hit a basket off of an assist from junior guard Hanna Singleton that cut the margin to 33-32 with 1:03 remaining.
The Lady Rattlers scored the final three points of the game to seal the victory.
Medina led the team in scoring with eight points. Herrington and Griffin netted six points apiece.
Sophomore Nocona Swindell tacked on four points while Singleton finished with three.
O'Dell and freshman Madison Hatchett tallied two points apiece while freshman Maci Patterson sank a free throw for one point.
Herrington ripped down a team-high eight rebounds. Hatchett secured five rebounds while Medina and Griffin each had three rebounds. Singleton grabbed two rebounds while O'Dell added one.
Medina swiped a team-leading three steals. Singleton added two steals while senior Ashly Fambro and Swindell each had one steal.
Breck vs. Albany
The Lady Lions outscored Breckenridge 18-8 in the fourth quarter of the semi-finals to pull away with a 61-49 triumph.
Breckenridge trailed 31-28 at the half and cut it to 43-41 with one quarter to play.
Albany scored the first eight points of the quarter to push the lead to 51-41. The Lady Bucks never got closer than six points.
"We shot the ball pretty well against Albany," Graham said. "Overall, our defense was very good. Unfortunately, our rebounding was not good. They got plenty of their points off second or third chances. They controlled the boards and won the game because of it."
The Lady Bucks hit seven shots from behind the arc. Singleton sank three 3-pointers. Patterson added two while Medina and Griffin each had one.
Singleton paced the Breckenridge offense with 17 points. Medina chipped in with nine points while Griffin added eight.
Patterson and Herrington each finished with six points while Hatchett had three points.
Singleton grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Herrington totaled four rebounds. Medina and Griffin each collected three rebounds. Swindell added two rebounds while Hatchett, Fambro and O'Dell had one rebound apiece.
The Lady Bucks are back in action at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, when they host the Lady Bulldogs of Clyde.