LA MARQUE

Throughout this season, the Hitchcock girls basketball team felt confident they could score 100 points if everything fell together. That confidence paid off on Tuesday night in a wave of intensity that saw them make an emphatic statement as the playoffs loom closer.

The Lady Bulldogs overwhelmed La Marque in a 104-31 drubbing that saw the state’s 20th-ranked team in Class 3A improve to 22-6 overall and 8-0 in district play. Hitchcock never trailed after La Marque’s Katriel Ivy tied the game at 2-2 early in the first quarter, blowing the game wide open with a 15-0 run that continued to swell with each basket from the Bulldogs.

“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as the score may have indicated,” said Hitchcock coach Andrew Hubbell. “But, they played hard all four quarters and kept the intensity throughout the game. Right now, we’re rolling pretty well.”

The Lady Bulldogs took a 49-12 lead into intermission as Taivionna Daniels scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half. Daniels was effective inside as she scored at will on easy fast-break buckets that were set up by a defense that forced nine turnovers in the first three minutes and held La Marque to just five field goal attempts in the first quarter.

While Daniels did her damage inside, Irish Winn hammered La Marque from beyond the arc. Winn knocked down five shots from 3-point range on her way to scoring a game-high 31 points. Taylor Kendrick and Majesty Otems added 12 points each, while Jimile Johnson had eight points for the Lady Bulldogs.

La Marque was unable to show any consistency on offense outside of a flurry of points from Kerry Turner, who scored eight points in the third quarter. The Cougars were able to push to 56-20, but a 17-0 run from Hitchcock helped push the margin to 77-25 after three quarters.

The Bulldogs hit the century mark when Otems put back a missed shot with 1:22 left in the game to make the score 101-31.

“We kept up the intensity,” said Daniels.

Hitchcock will be at home against Brazos at 6:15 p.m. Friday. La Marque hits the road at Danbury on Friday and will also tip off at 6:15 p.m.

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