SPRINGER — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.

SPRINGER — If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.

Friday night at Walker Gymnasium, the Springer Cardinals finally found success against No. 18 Fox.

In their fourth meeting of the season with the Foxes, Springer managed to slow things down as the Cardinals claimed a scrappy 31-28 victory.

The loss was the third straight overall for the Foxes (15-3), and their first defeat this season to a Class B opponent.

Just when it looked like Fox was going to escape again thanks to a pair of free throws from Drew Martin to make it 28-27 with 1:04 left in regulation, Springer’s Malik Brown took control.

After a series of passes outside the lane, Brown drove through it, we were there to make the steals or create some bad passing decisions,” Word added. 

The Lone Grove lead worked its way to 29-5 before a bucket by Marietta’s Ashley Flores two minutes into the third period ended the Lady Indian drought from the floor. 

Although the Lady Indians were back in the scoring column, the Lady Longhorns finished the third with a 13-8 advantage to increase their lead to 38-13 heading to the fourth.

“That run they (Lone Grove) had in the second period hurt us,” Marietta coach Josh Drinning said. 

“When you go that long without scoring, you take your chances of winning away. You must have continuous offensive output to stay in the game.”

“Despite the first half going so bad I was very pleased with our second half play,” Drinning added. “We put forth a much better effort and played better at both ends of the court. We need to work at being more consistent throughout the entire game to put ourselves in a more competitive position.”

Lone Grove (10-7 overall, 3-3 in LCC play), shot 40 percent (18 of 45) from the floor compared to Marietta’s 10 of 36 (28 percent). 

The Lady Indians had a 23-22 overall rebounding edge, but the 26-12 gap in turnovers hurt them throughout the game.

“I thought Taleigh Nail helped get us started offensively,” Word said. “She is becoming our offensive floor leader, and right now she is doing a lot of good things for us at both ends of the floor. Just about the time she started getting things going for us offensively, our defense was getting the job done defensively.”

“Those two issues allowed us to take charge in the first half and carry things through the second half.”

The Lady Longhorns put eight players in the scoring column. 

Nail led the way with 13 points, while Cheyanne Davis finished with 11 points.

Madison Anderson put in seven points, with Lydia Saavedra scoring six points. 

Marietta (4-12,0-4), was led by Flores’ seven points, while Briana Dewey scored six points, and Hannah Taylor scored five points. 

Marietta will host Comanche on Tuesday, while Lone Grove is at Davis.