FOX — One might say the 2017-18 season has been full of giving for the Fox Lady Foxes thus far.

FOX — One might say the 2017-18 season has been full of giving for the Fox Lady Foxes thus far.

Friday night, the Lady Foxes gave themselves an early Christmas present as their undefeated start to the season continued.

A tough, physical game against the Springer Lady Cardinals was no problem, as Fox moved to 5-0 on the season with a 44-36 victory.

Perhaps the most important player of the game for Fox was sophomore Bree Phelps, who scored 19 points on the night, with the majority of them coming in the first half.

“In the beginning we tried to play conservative because we’ve been struggling with foul trouble,” Springer coach Traci Dragg said. “I even said it before the game on how (Bree) Phelps has really come around this season. She is helping them (Fox) and is a force out there. As much as we knew number 24 (Jada Newhouse) could make some plays, we knew Phelps was going to need to really be the main focus because of how strong she is.”

Springer’s best opportunity to take control of the game came in the first quarter when the Lady Cardinals led 6-2 at the 4:24 mark.

However, post player Madison Mapp was forced to sit with two early fouls, opening things up for the Lady Foxes, leading to a 10-6 lead for Fox at the end of the first quarter.

A four point deficit for Springer grew into a nine-point hole in the beginning of the second quarter as the Lady Foxes went on a 5-0 run before Springer got its first basket of the frame at the 5:37 mark.

“I just told the girls we needed to do a better job in transition and get some transition scoring,” Fox coach Mark Williams said about the second quarter run. “When you have a kid like Madison (Mapp) who can score 25 points a night, your goal is to obviously hold her. We were able to do that in the first half but not so much in the second. She’s a good player and very tough to defend.”

Fox held a 23-14 lead at the break, but the Lady Cardinals made a brief rally in the third quarter.

However, Springer couldn’t get any closer than five points in the second half, as Fox led 38-26 at the end of the third quarter.

Springer managed to outscore Fox 10-6 in the fourth quarter, falling to 6-2 on the season.

Maps finished with 20 points for the Lady Cardinals with Jazmyn Powell scoring eight points. 

Ricki Smith and Kailee Lathum each added four points for Springer.

Other scorers for Fox included Haley Hill with 11 points, followed by Jada Newhouse with five points.

Both of these teams are off until the South Central Conference tournament which will begin on Jan. 4 at Fox.