Pangburn followed the lead of senior forward Kayla Gray, who scored a game-high 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out seven assists and swiping seven steals in Tuesday's 51-34 win over Midland's Lady Mustangs at Tiger Arena in Pangburn.
The Lady Tigers (6-2) used precise passing to create easy looks at the basket. “They have realized that if we want to be a good team that it doesn't matter who scores,” said Lady Tigers' Coach Christie Rolland.
“Sometimes tonight we got in trouble by passing the ball too many times and we turned it over instead of taking the shot but I am glad they are like that. I am glad they don't care who scores because eventually that is going to be a big plus for us.”
Pangburn led 10-7 after the first quarter and 24-13 at halftime. But Midland outscored the Lady Tigers by a bucket in the third quarter, leaving Pangburn with a 35-26 lead entering the final eight minutes of play.
“We came out slow and just kind of stayed with them and never really got the knockout punch,” said Rolland.
“Finally in the fourth quarter we got our intensity up.”
The Lady Tigers opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run, sparked by Gray, who sliced through the middle of the lane and finished in traffic while absorbing contact. After Gray completed the three-point play, post player Savanna Jacobs scored deep in the paint off an assist from Gray.
Midland pulled within 12 at 40-28 following a pair of free throws from guard Kaitlyn Daughtry, but Gray retaliated with a three-pointer from right wing and forward Savannah Tharp scored in transition off an assist from guard Kristen Kerby, who finished with five assists.
Katelyn Lewis slowed the Lady Tigers' run with a three-pointer but post player Morgan Gregg hit a turnaround bank shot and guard Windy Watts attacked the basket and finished with a layup on consecutive possessions as Pangburn took a 49-31 lead and cruised down the stretch.
Only leading by three entering the second quarter, the Lady Tigers gained some breathing room by opening the period with a 9-0 run that began with a pull up jumper from Kerby.
Guard Megan Chastain then used a ball fake to get free for a jumper from right wing and Gray scored off a backdoor cut before Jacobs notched a bucket deep in the paint off an assist from Kerby as the Lady Tigers opened up an 18-7 lead and never looked back.
Daughtry paced Midland with 10 points, guard Emily Coppens followed with nine points and guard Paisley Pratt contributed seven points.
Following Gray's game-high 13 points, Watts scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Gregg and Jacobs each added seven points. Gregg also pulled down nine rebounds.