By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla., - The Forgan Lady Bulldogs owned the boards and owned the scoreboard in a 67-43 romp over the Turpin Lady Cardinals.
Forgan held a whopping 74-41 shot attempt advantage thanks to their height advantage and solid rebounding that led to second, third and fourth attempts with almost every miss.
"We've got to continue to work and work to get rebounds," Lady Cardinals coach Jeff Funk said. "When someone is bigger than you it is even more important to get good position, and try to force them to go over our back."
Forgan did not make a ton of those attempts, only 26 of 62 from two-point range and 2 of 12 from three-point range. Turpin was not much better and with far fewer shots (12 of 30 from two-point and 3 of 11 from three-point range).
Turpin's Raegan Alvarez (20 points) scored on a shot in the land and followed up with two made free throws with 4:31 left in the first quarter to cut the Lady Bulldogs lead to just two.
Forgan's full-court pressure took effect as the Lady Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run and led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. Nikki Taylor scored 7 of the team's 17 points in the first for the Lady Bulldogs.
"It was nothing spectacular; we did a few good things to get us going, pressed a little bit to get us going," Lady Bulldogs coach Brett Trippet said. "We haven't practiced it much but it did get the game going a little faster."
Turpin was able to get their offense in gear in the second quarter, making 7 of 13 shots from the field and scored 16. Some of those points coming in transition as Turpin was able to break the Lady Bulldogs press several times.
"I thought we played a good first half," Funk said. "We got some balls over the top of the press and got some layups."
Forgan was unstoppable inside, with Kenzi Taylor scoring 9 of her team's 19 points in the second quarter. Forgan added three to their lead by half, up 36-23 at the break.
Any hopes of a comeback for the Lady Cardinals were dashed midway through the third quarter. With a 15-3 run that included three converted three-point plays by three different players and a 3-point basket by another player, Forgan was in complete control, leading 51-26.
"We finally went to switching the screens and intercepted some passes by shooting the gaps that led to easy layups," Trippet said.
By the end of the third, Forgan led by 27 (55-28), and finished the game winning by 24.
. They went to a man on us in the third and we didn't handle it well," Funk said. "That's when they jumped on us."
Kenzi Taylor led the Lady Bulldogs offense with 25 points on 11 of 19 shooting from 2-point range, and made 3 of 4 free throw attempts. Nikki Taylor was 9 of 16 from 2-point range for 20 points; and KaDawn McReynolds scored 13.
Raegan Alvarez led the Lady Cardinals with 20, including two threes and 8 of 12 from the line. Alyssa Kinser added 7.
Forgan will travel to Texhoma next Tuesday. Turpin will host Elkhart.