In a match-up of two highly ranked teams, getting off to a good start is essential. Unfortunately for the No. 3 Frost Lady Polar Bears, it was the No. 2 Lipan Lady Indians who scored the first nine points of the game and led 15-2 less than five minutes into their regional quarterfinal game Tuesday night, cruising to a 69-35 win.
“It was a good year, we’re proud,” said Frost head coach Clark Moore after the game.
Frost struggled early against a suffocating Lady Indian defense that held the Lady Polar Bears to only four shots in the first quarter. One the other end, Lipan had no problems, hitting a sizzling seven out of eight two-point attempts and 62% from the field in leading 24-9 after the first eight minutes.
Lipan continued the pressure on the Lady Polar Bears, beginning the second quarter with a 12-2 run to push the Lady Indian lead to 30 points just before halftime until a Jae Moore three-point play cut the Lipan lead to 46-19 at halftime.
Frost picked up the defensive intensity in the second half, holding Lipan to only 23 points, but the Lady Polar Bears still struggled on offense, hitting only four shots from the field in the third and fourth quarters.
For the game, Frost finished 11 for 31 from the field. Lipan finished 28-56 for 50% from the field.
Jae Moore led the Lady Polar Bears on offense, finishing with 20 points on the night. Diana Rios added 11 points, while Heather Montgomery and Madison Revill both added 2 points. Lanie Roberts led Lipan with 27 points and Shauna Coleman finished with 14.
Frost ends its season as area champs, finishing with a 25-3 record.
“We went as far as any team in school history,” said Coach Moore. “Best two seasons (53-7) since the school started playing five-on-five basketball.”