Freshmen, defense give Plainview girls boost against Pauls Valley

The Plainview girls put three players in double figures and their smothering defense did the rest in the Indians' 61-43 win over the Pauls Valley Panthers on Tuesday night at the Plainview Activity Center.

Freshman guard Megan Shelton and senior guard Taryn Callender each finished with 19 points, and freshman post Rebecca Wright chipped in 14 points and added nine boards in Plainview's victory.

Pauls Valley (0-1) took the early lead of 17-10 after the first quarter, but after that the Indians' defense went to work.

Plainview went on a 14-0 run early in the second period and forged ahead 24-17, while holding the Panthers more than 4 minutes without a point.

Plainview picked off 11 Pauls Valley passes in the first half and turned them into fast-break opportunities at the other end. By halftime, the Indians were on top 27-22.

"It took us awhile to get set into what we needed to be doing," Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. "We didn't do as well early on, but we turned things around, especially after halftime.

"We found some things we were doing wrong, and we worked on those in the second half. We did a better job of helping out on defense and playing as a team. We have to get better shooting free throws. That's something we can do right away to be a better team."

Plenty of fouls were whistled by the officials. Pauls Valley committed 27 fouls, and Plainview committed 22. The Panthers were just 11 of 29 (38 percent) from the line, and the Indians were just 40 percent (19 of 48). Plainview had a 37-35 rebounding edge.

Plainview (1-0) started the third much the same way they ended the second — with a strong defensive effort. The Indians went on another 14-0 run in the third and held a 46-26 lead heading to the fourth.

Abigail Grimmett paced the Panthers with 11 points, and Veronica Alvarado had 10 points.