GALVESTON — Midway through the second quarter Wednesday, it looked like the visiting Santa Fe Lady Indians were going to give the hometown Ball High Lady Tors more than they had bargained for.
But Ball High erased any thoughts of an upset with a late surge, scoring three big baskets just before the half ended en route to a 53-24 win in District 24-4A play.
The Lady Tors recorded their 10th straight district win, improving to 10-2 in league play and 18-10 overall.
“I think the girls might be looking a little ahead,” Ball High coach Sonny Benefield said, anticipating a showdown with first-place Goose Creek Memorial on Tuesday.
Credit the Lady Indians for making a game of it in the early goings, as they didn’t play anything like a team that has only won two district games.
“We had a nice spurt in the second quarter,” Santa Fe coach Kristi Henderson said. “Unfortunately, we gave up those last six points that ended our run.”
The Lady Tors owned a 14-2 advantage after one quarter and an 18-4 command by the 3:29 mark in the second when Heather Kirby passed off to Sheridan Hopkins for a layup. Earlier, Olivia Sjostrom used the glass to drop in a Gabby Zepeda pass.
That’s when the Lady Indians quietly cut the lead to seven points with a 7-0 run.
Emily Evans started the rally draining a long 3-pointer, then Kelsey Brandon tossed in a 15-footer. Brandon followed with a perfect bounce pass to Bailey Nelson for a layup and an 18-11 ballgame with 1:51 until intermission.
“I liked the fact we put ourselves in a position to score,” Henderson said. “Every game they always try to execute what we ask them to do.”
On the other side of the benches, though, Benefield was concerned.
“We didn’t put a stop to it,” he said.
Not until Hopkins answered with a soft jumper, and Armani Boxley delivered two straight baskets for a 24-11 halftime lead.
Ball High then pulled away for good in the third quarter, reeling off seven unanswered points and eventually a 13-4 run to grab a 39-17 margin with 1:48 remaining.
Boxley and Martina Rawls provided all the scoring in that stretch, Boxley dropping in eight of her game-high 17 points and Rawls pitching in five more.
Hopkins ended the night with 12 points, and Rawls and Destini Tinsley each had 11.
Alicia Owens and Evans both had six points for the Lady Indians, and Brandon added four.