The Ball Lady Lady Tors made easy work on the Houston Waltrip Lady Rams in the bi-district round of the playoffs, winning, 65-19, behind their stout defense.
This was a great win for the Lady Tors, but an even greater win for head coach Amanda King. This was King’s first playoff win as the head coach for the Lady Tors. King has been at Ball High for 11 years, 10 of those years she was an assistant coach.
“It feels amazing,” said King on her first playoff win. “I’ve been a part of this program. I’ve seen it at its less successful times, and I’ve seen at its more successful times. It’s great to be at the helm with such great girls working for me.”
The Lady Tors’ defense had an answer for everything that Lady Rams were trying to do in the first quarter.
“We’ve really been concentrating on defense all year,” said King. “We wanted to make sure that in our first playoff appearance of the year that we did a good job at defense and hustling the entire time.”
Bebe Galloway asserted her dominance early and often. She had four blocks in the first quarter along with six points.
The Lady Tors were leading 29-4 at the end of the first quarter.
The defense by Lady Tors was even better in the second quarter, as King decided not to full court press and also emptied her bench. The Lady Tors gave up two points in the quarter.
“It was good to be able to give some kids minutes that don’t really get that many minutes usually,” said King.
The second half was more of the same for Lady Tors. They kept with their 2-3 zone and stout defense. King was able to give some players who don’t get much playing time a healthy amount in the second half.
The Lady Tors had a plethora of contributors in this game. Galloway led the way with 12 points and five blocks. Ari Smith and Lexie LaForte had 10 points each. Smith also had three blocks. Nina Kovach and Brianca Houston added eight points each.
The Lady Tors will face Kingwood Park in the area round of the playoffs at a time, date and location to be determined.