Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 26, 2013

GC Basketball: Kiwanis Tournament — Frost Lady Bears down Blooming Grove 47-26

By MikePhillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Frost girls coach Clark Moore didn’t like what he saw.

Too many turnovers, not enough boxing out, not everyone in sync all the time.

Then again, Moore understands.

After all, the result was just fine — a 47-26 victory by his Frost Lady Bears over Blooming Grove in the opening round of the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

“It was kind of ugly,’’ said Moore after his kids built a big lead and then coasted most of the game. “But that’s what happens when you don’t play for five days.’’

That’s one of the tricks in playing well in the Kiwanis Tournament, which tipped off Thursday at Navarro College. Teams have to overcome a long Christmas layoff.

Frost did it by getting off to a torrid start.

Jae Moore hit her first five shots from the floor, including a 3 that ended the first quarter, and the Lady Polar Bears had set the tone for the game. Moore’s 11 first-quarter points helped Frost take a 22-6 lead and Blooming Grove, which hustled and ran the floor well, forcing 18 Frost turnovers, just couldn’t climb out of the huge first-quarter hole.

Jae Moore finished the game with 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way for Frost, which is now 12-1 for the season. The Lady Bears face Mildred, which beat Dawson xxxx in the first round, at 6 p.m. Friday in the second round game. The winner of that game advances to Saturday night’s final.

Blooming Grove (5-7) was led by Hannah Southard and Brittany Nichols, who each scored six points, and Treounah Wiggins and Sydney Horner, who scored five points apiece.

Frost didn’t look like the long layoff hurt in the first quarter. The Lady Polar Bears took a 13-0 lead before Wiggins scored for Blooming Grove.

 Moore had two nice assists inside to Heather Montgomery and Diana Rios drove to her right and had the assist of the game with a no-look pass to Montgomery as the Lady Polar Bears moved the ball well and made eight of their first 11 shots from the floor.

  Rios, who hit a pair of 3s, finished with 10 points and Montgomery scored eight. Madison Revill added five points and Karlie Scott and Jennifer Andrews also scored for Frost.

“When we score it’s a result of the whole team,’’ Clark Moore said of Jae Moore’s 20-point game. “We don’t care who scores as long as Frost scores.’’

Frost takes that unselfish approach into every game and it’s one reason the team and the program has succeeded.

Moore said his kids are 12-1 for that reason, and the fact they work hard and know each other so well.

“”Our kids play together in multiple sports,’’ he said. “They know each other and they like being with each other. And they work hard. We’ve got good kids.’’

Moore and his kids share the same attitude about the Kiwanis Tournament, which they say is a key component to their season because the competition is strong and the tournament provides such a good atmosphere.

“We have been playing well since we lost to Wortham (in the title game of the Frost Tournament three weeks ago),’’ Moore said. “Wortham was the first real quality team we played and it really helped us to play them. That’s why we’re playing in this tournament because we see quality teams in this tournament.’’

Moore said that’s the goal — to play good teams and get better.

    “What we want is to come out of this tournament a better team than when we started,’’ he said. “That’s what this tournament is for. If we won it, it would be nice but our goal is to play good teams and to be better for it.’’