Slow and steady may win the race for the tortoise, but it’s playing havoc with the Carthage Lady Dawgs basketball season so far this year.
And Tuesday night’s District 17-4A showdown with Jasper ended up being more of the same.
The only exception was the Lady Dawgs weren’t able to pull out the win.
Carthage got double-doubles from Ja’Kyra Robert and Alyssa Wallace, but it wasn’t enough as the visitors from Jasper came away with the 51-42 win
Carthage falls to 8-7 for the season and 2-1 in district, while Jasper is now 12-2 and 3-0. Carthage was set to entertain Center on Friday night.
“It was just another slow start for us, as you saw,” Carthage Coach Michael Johnson said. “We were down by down by seven after first quarter and just never could get back that deficit.”
Three of Jasper’s first four baskets were from 3-point range as they opened up an 11-4 lead. Wallace would score inside to make it 11-6, but that would be Carthage’s final basket for the final 3:11 of the period as they it trailed 13-6 headed into the second quarter.
Shabralyn Watson keyed an 11-4 run by Jasper in the second quarter that saw the Lady Bulldogs go up 24-12 with just under two minutes left in the half.
Carthage was able to close with a 6-0 run to make it 24-18 at the half.
Jasper didn’t burn up the nets in the third, but it still did better than the Lady Dawgs, increasing their lead to 12 heading into the fourth, 35-23.
At least one Lady Dawg appeared ready to battle to the end as Roberts picked up the pace on both sides of the ball in the fourth, coming up with several big steals, key rebounds and 13 of her team-high 17 points in the period.
She and Wallace keyed an 11-4 run late in the game, pulling the team back within eight, 50-42 with 1:11 left. However, they didn’t score again on the night.
Robert added 10 rebounds to her 17 pointes for her double-double, while Wallace had 10 points and 19 rebounds for her double-double, Za’Kyra Myers had 10 and Heaven Ingram had three.