7A Lady Eagles Win Tournament
The Lexington Middle School Lady Eagles traveled south to Giddings on Saturday morning, January 14th for part of the Giddings Invitational Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament. The tournament was two brackets, one bracket for the 7th grade and an identical bracket for the 8th grade. In both brackets, the host, Giddings, took on and defeated Caldwell, sending Giddings’ teams to the championship side and sending Caldwell to the consolation game.
In the second game of the morning, the 7th grade Lady Eagles were pitted against the 3A Lady Rockdale Tigers. The girls traveled up and down the court before Rockdale scored the first bucket. Lexington’s #5 Courtney Strain was fouled and sent to the free throw line where she started the scoring for Lexington with one free throw. The scoring went back and forth and the first period ended with Lexington 7th grade behind 6-5.
In the second period, Rockdale racked up a number of team fouls and sent the Lady Eagles to the line to shoot one and one, often. By the end of the second quarter, Lexington had pulled out in front 10-9. In the third period, both teams were back and forth, with Rockdale adding 4 more points while Lexington inked up 6, to make the end of the third a Lexington lead 16-13.
In the start of the fourth, Lexington had employed a full court press that started wearing on Rockdale. #5 Courtney Strain stole an inbound pass and passed it off to #21 Madison Stefek, who popped for 2. On the very next inbound by Rockdale, #21 Stefek was able to steal the inbound pass again, and added another 2 points on a nice layup. By the end of the game, Lexington Lady Eagle 7th grade girls had outscored Rockdale and won the game 25- 17, sending the Eagles to the championship game against Giddings.
Scoring for Lexington was: 1 by #2 Emma Beard; 2 each by #4 Jaclyn Alford and #42 Magen Walch; 9 by #21 Madison Stefek and 11 by #5 Courtney Strain.
In the championship game, Giddings started a 3-2 defense. Their players were mostly taller and stood in the lane with their hands in the air. By the end of the first quarter, Giddings had scored 5 points, while Lexington could only answer with a single free throw bucket made by # 5 Courtney Strain.
In the second period, Lexington was sent to the line often to shoot one and one because of foul trouble. While Giddings was only able to score one bucket in the second, Lexington had one bucket by #21 Madison Stefek and was sent to the free throw line 10 times, making 5 and bringing the score at half time to 8-7, Lexington.
With the start of the third, Lexington stepped up their full court press, pinning Giddings on their half of the court. Neither of the teams were making good shots, and by the end of the third, only a single basket was made by Lexington’s Strain to make the score 10-7 Lexington.
In the fourth period, Lexington was sent to the line early to shoot one and one. With 4:23 left in the game, Lexington’s Magen Walch fouled out and was sent to the bench. Giddings sent two to the bench with 5 fouls. With time running down, Strain stole the ball and made a nice pass down the court to Stefek, who laid up for 2. With 40 seconds in the game, Lexington’s #21 Madison Stefek was sent to the bench with 5 fouls. The game clock ran down and Lexington won the Giddings Tournament Championship by a score of 15-11.
Scoring for Lexington were: 5 by #5 Courtney Strain and 10 by #21 Madison Stefek.
In the first game for Lexington 8th grade, the Lady Eagles had a tough time handling the aggressive style of the Lady Rockdale Tigers. The Lady Tigers had a more aggressive approach. In the fourth period, Lexington had lost 2 to foul trouble and #11 Krista Lerche was walked to the bench after hitting the floor hard for the third or fourth time.
Lexington finished the game with 4 girls on the court. There was good effort, but the scoring came up short. With a score of 21-12, Lexington was sent into the consolation bracket to take on the Lady Hornets of Caldwell.
In the consolation game, Lexington 8A was able to beat the Lady Hornets of Caldwell 26-19 to win the consolation prize.