The Ball High Lady Tors dominated on the defensive end of the floor in their 37-24 win over rivals Texas City on Tuesday night at home.

Ball High improved to 2-0 in District 23-5A play while the Lady Stings fell to 1-1.

Ball High outscored Texas City, 14-3, in the second quarter and 8-3 in the third to take control of the game.

“We did what we needed to do,” said Ball High head coach Amanda King. “We came out and played hard on defense. Not all of our shots were falling tonight but we managed to come through.”

Bebe Galloway had 13 points to lead the Lady Tors while Nina Kovach put up 12 and Ari Smith scored seven points for the night.

Texas City’s leading scorer was Tahjea Smith who finished with seven points for the night and hit four free throws in the first quarter.

“The girls played hard,” said Texas City head coach Mark Belford. “I’m proud of them. We had some changes in the lineup and they dealt with it pretty well.”

Three different Ball High players hit a free throw and Kovach’s inside shot gave the Lady Tors a 5-2 run, four minutes into the game.

It wasn’t until the final minute of the opening quarter when the Lady Stings got their first field goal of the game with Ny’Keyia Letroise’s inside floater.

Ball High had an 11-6 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Lady Tors capitalized on Texas City’s missed shots and turnovers, going on a 12-3 run in the second quarter.

Kovach’s 10 points in the second frame powered the Lady Tors to a 25-9 halftime lead. Through the first half, only two Texas City players had scored a basket.

It was a 19-point advantage for Ball High when Kovach banked her fifth basket of the night at the 4:11 mark in the third quarter.

Ball high’s defense continued to frustrate Texas City in the second half, holding the Lady Stings to only three points in the third quarter.

“I tried out our 2-3 a little bit,” King said. “But we have some fast guards who are doing a good job of putting pressure on the opponent.”

Smith connected with a wide-open Kovach on a steal and the Ball High standout completed the easy layup early in the fourth quarter for a 35-14 lead and Texas City couldn’t come back.

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