Bailee Eldred (Sulphur) scored 16, while Hannah Howard (Lone Grove) and Carolyne Lawley (Tishomingo) scored nine points apiece against Ranger College.
RANGER, Texas — Bailee Eldred paced Murray State College with 16 points while Hannah Howard and Carolyne Lawley had nine, but Ranger College made plays down the stretch to win 67-59 in a “slugfest” Sunday at Ranger College.
Eldred, a Class of 2015 Sulphur High School alumna, had five points apiece in the first and second quarters. She hit 6 of 6 free throws in the second half.
“They did a really good job of running their offense,” Ranger College coach Bill Foy said. “They made us work all night to guard them.”
Murray State College (4-3) coach Justin Cellum said Eldred “did a good job of getting to the rim” after the ball was swung to her.
Lawley, a 2015 Tishomingo High School graduate, “did a great job of taking advantage of what the defense gave her,” Cellum said.
Howard, a Class of 2016 Lone Grove High School alumna, scored a hoop and two free throws in the first half. She scored her final hoop from behind the 3-point line in the third quarter. She finished with three field goals and two free throws.
“We did a pretty good job on their shooters, Howard and (sophomore Rachel) Poke,” Foy said.
Ranger led Murray State College 38-32 at half. Cellum described the game as one that went “back-and-forth most of the way.”
The Lady Rangers' Josie Fisher scored a game-high 19 points, including a couple instances in the fourth quarter where she “was able to get in the paint and hit a couple big shots,” Foy said. The Lady Rangers’ sophomore scored 11 in the fourth quarter — including 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.
Foy, describing the contest as a “slugfest, two teams competing very hard. We dug in on defense” to force Murray State into some empty possessions as MSC, Cellum said, “couldn’t get over the hump.”
MSC plays at Texas Western College at 5:30 p.m. today in Snyder, Texas.