LONE GROVE — Plainview scored the first 10 points and forced Lone Grove into turnovers on their first eight possessions as the Lady Indians built a big lead early and then rolled past the Lady Horns 61-47 Friday night in a Lake Country Conference game played at the Gary Scott Center.

LONE GROVE — Plainview scored the first 10 points and forced Lone Grove into turnovers on their first eight possessions as the Lady Indians built a big lead early and then rolled past the Lady Horns 61-47 Friday night in a Lake Country Conference game played at the Gary Scott Center.

The smothering defense implemented by the Lady Indians quickly turned into extra possessions at the offensive end, and the Lady Horns were never able to completely recover. 

Lone Grove managed to cut the Plainview lead to five points on three occasions later in the game. 

But for every rally Lone Grove produced the Lady Indians had an answer. 

A strong fourth quarter by Plainview put the game away.

Plainview (12-7 overall, 4-2 in LCC), came out focused on a full-court, trapping defense that created problems for Lone Grove. 

The Lady Longhorns turned the ball over 13 times in the first eight minutes. 

And the shots Lone Grove did attempt were strongly contested by Plainview defenders. With many of the Lady Indian field goals coming on layups, they hit 6 of 12 in the period and took a 16-7 lead.

“We had an impressive start,” Plainview coach Mike Dooney said. “We did not play well against Lone Grove earlier in the year in their tournament, and I believe the girls wanted to make up for that game. They were ready to play tonight.” 

“Our defensive pressure made a huge difference, especially in the first period,” Dooney added.    

Lone Grove (11-8,4-4), responded well in the second period with some added defensive pressure of their own. An 8-0 run by the Lady Longhorns trimmed Plainview’s lead to four points at 23-19 at the 3:00 mark. 

A 3-point bucket from the corner by Emily Hudson of the Lady Indians stopped the Lone Grove surge, and  Plainview headed to the break on top 28-21.

Both teams hit 49 percent from the floor. Plainview was 21 of 43, and Lone Grove was 20 of 41. 

At the charity stipe, however, the Lady Indians had an edge. They knocked down 11 of 16 (69 percent) to the Lady Longhorns’ 6 of 15 (40 percent). 

Lone Grove had a 22-16 rebounding edge but committed 36 turnovers compared to 26 for Plainview. 

With many of those miscues coming in the early going, the added possessions gave the Lady Indians an early lead they never relinquished.

Plainview’s Anna Simmons helped the Lady Indians maintain their lead in the second half. 

She had 13 of her 15 points in the third and fourth periods. 

She also picked up six steals in the second half, and her efforts helped the Lady Indians maintain their intensity and build a solid lead.

“Plainview played harder from start to finish than we did tonight,” Lone Grove coach Jeff Word said. 

“Their defense caused too many turnovers, and that is a lack of execution on our part. But although we had 36 turnovers, we were still able to cut their lead to five in the fourth.” 

“I thought Taleigh Nail and Shelby Stevenson had good games for us,” Word added.

The Lady Indians took a 47-40 lead to the final eight minutes. A strong fourth by Plainview that saw them out-score Lone Grove 14-7 allowed them to pull away for the 14-point victory.

Simmons and Tally Morris led the Lady Indians with 15 points each.

Stevenson paced the Lady Longhorns with 14 points and seven rebounds. 

Madison Anderson and Nail both finished with 10 points each.