Lady Falcons ‘starting to click’
The Hargrave Lady Falcons are going into Winter Break having won three of their last four games.
Their most recent victory came on Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they beat the Christian Home School Athletics Lady Wolverines 38-31 in Huffman.
Hargrave took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter, but CHSA reduced the deficit to three points with two minutes left in the game. With the Lady Falcons in the double bonus, senior Paige Griffin was intentionally fouled twice in the final minute, and she sank all four of her free throws to give Hargrave its seven-point margin of victory.
“I think we handled it with confidence,” senior Casey Warren said of the team’s reaction to the game getting close. “We didn’t stop fighting.”
Warren finished with seven points, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key early in the third quarter.
Senior Amber Worley finished with a team-high nine points coming off of three 3s, one in each of the first three quarters. Her second quarter 3-pointer came off an inbound pass from Griffin.
The Lady Falcons were 6-7 before this four-game stretch
“We are finally coming together as a team,” said coach Kevin Grider. “We got the volleyball girls really late [Hargrave’s volleyball season ended on Nov. 9], so we didn’t have our entire team. Now that we’ve settled down and have been able to practice as a whole team, we have been able to clean some things up, and things are starting to click for us.”
Hargrave plays at the East Chambers Tournament on Dec. 27 and at Huntington on Jan, 2 before beginning district play at home against Splendora on Jan. 4.
Due to UIL redistricting, Hargrave has new district opponents in Livingston, Shepherd, and Splendora. Liberty and Tarkington remain district opponents.
Grider said he has already been watching these teams this season.
“We’re going to really have to approach district differently. The style of play is a lot different this year than it was last year and a lot different than the competition we’ve been seeing,” he said. “A lot of these teams that we play really like to put a lot of pressure on the ball and like to run and gun. It’s going to be a different pace than we’re used to, so, looking ahead, it’s going to be a fun season in district.”
Grider said that the key for success in district play is for the team not to beat itself, which he said they did for most of the fourth quarter against CHSA.
“I don’t like seeing unforced turnovers, and, once we clean all that stuff up, that’s going to be huge for our district season,” he said.
The Hargrave girls basketball team can be followed on Twitter at @HHS_LFBB