The Carthage Lady Bulldogs went into Friday night’s game against Jasper with a District 20-4A title in their heads.
They came out needing a road-win Tuesday to keep a share of the title and a Hudson upset to take the top spot in the playoffs.
Jasper let the Lady Bulldogs have their way in the first half and then dominated the second half to take a 71-55 win in Bulldog Gym.
The Lady Dawgs are now 16-11 for the season and 5-2 in district play, while Jasper is also 5-2, but beat Carthage in both meetings.
We got off to a great start in the first half,” Carthage Head Coach Michael Johnson said. “This game was a tale of two halves. Hats off to Jasper, they came out with great intensity and we just couldn’t seem to match it in the second half.
“Jasper played a great game and didn’t miss many shots that second half, combined with the fact that we couldn’t get a shot to drop, it was tough.”
After a first quarter that saw the lead change five times and Carthage open up a 19-16 lead, the Lady Dawgs started pulling away in the second.
Makhai got them off to a quick start, only to see the visitors match it. Jaykra Roberts kick-started a 12-4 run that saw the Lady Dawgs up 38-24 at the half.
Jasper came out firing in the second half and never rally stopped. A 12-3 run to open the third cut the lead to five, 41-36, and the visitors were only down by two, 47-45, heading into the fourth.
Four of the first five baskets Jasper scored in the final period were from 3-point range as they went up 59-48 with 4:11 left.
Carthage would get no closer then six the rest of the way, failing to make up any ground at the free-throw line as it was just 30 of 40.
Zee McGrue led the Lady Dawgs with 15 points and six assists, while Jada McLin had 14 points and eight rebounds and Lewis had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.