Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth implored his team to stay patient. Down the stretch, his girls answered the call.
Slowing down its game in the second half, Plainview outscored Tishomingo 10-4 in the fourth quarter of a 49-37 win on Tuesday. Plainview, ranked ninth in Class 3A, took down seventh-ranked Tishomingo with a mature performance from their least seasoned players.
Freshman Rebecca Wright had a game-high 20 points, fellow frosh Megan Shelton added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Plainview (8-1) broke open a tight game with the control and patience of a senior-laden team.
"That's what helped us win this game: making adjustments," said Plainview sophomore Hayden Hunt, who sparked Plainview in the second half to finish with 12 points. "We just didn't have any patience when we set up plays in the first quarter."
The visiting Indians (7-2) started the first two periods far better than Plainview. Tishomingo ran off a 10-1 run to start the second quarter, expanding its lead to 17-9. But Plainview hit back with a 8-2 run to close to quarter.
Mariah Gunter led Tishomingo with 14 points, Infiniti Cheadle had six and Chelsea Wilkinson and Carolyne Lawley each added five. Tish had a size advantage across the front line, but were also pushed into foul trouble by Plainview's aggressive attack.
"Yes we were in foul trouble, but the bottom line is we didn't shoot the ball very well," Tishomingo coach Boyd Houser said. Tishomingo had three players foul out.
"Their kids are playing well. I thought they did real well on offensive boards and defensive boards.
Plainview struggled from the field in the first half, but stayed in the game via Wright's free-throw shooting. The 6-foot-1 post hit 7-of-10 from the line to keep Plainview within two points (19-17) at halftime.
That's where the calm came in and Bloodworth laid out that his team would have to settle down to win.
"Nothing was working and we just had to be patient and get the ball inside," Hunt said.
Plainview did on the key stretch of the night. Tied 37-all, Plainview scored the next seven points to pull away in the fourth. The dagger basket came when Plainview worked the ball around the perimeter for more than a minute before Shelton found Wright inside for the 44-37 lead.
"It is the biggest win of the year," Bloodworth said. "The first half, we never settled in. It was just helter skelter.
"We really pounded that home at halftime. We settled in and played with a lot of confidence."
Shelton's 26 paces Plainview boys
Deric Shelton had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Plainview in a 56-38 win over Tishomingo, keeping Plainview unbeaten on the season.
The 6-3 senior scored the first eight points of the game and 10 in the first quarter, as Plainview was on its way to 9-0.
Devante Lawson (11 points) and Tyler Cannon (14 points) helped keep Tishomingo in the game. Lawson's deparation heave before the halftime buzzer bounced off the backboard and to himself for a layup, closing Plainview's lead to 19-16 at the break. But Plainview created distance in the third quarter.
Dalton Dillon scored six of his 10 points as a part of a 10-2 run to start the third for Plainview. His 3-point play put Plainview ahead 30-18, and the hosts took a seven-point lead into the final period.
Brandon Nowell had seven rebounds for Plainview, while Daniel Bekinnie had eight points and five boards off the bench for Tishomingo.