BALDWYN – Coach Reneetra Pippin’s Lady Bearcats (4-2) shook off a loss the night before to Columbus to beat Potts Camp on Saturday in the nightcap of the Doc Vandiver Classic.
On Friday, the Lady ’Cats held their own against the visiting Class 5A Lady Falcons, only trailing 27-26 at the half. A scoreless third quarter doomed Baldwyn, though, ultimately leading to the 50-37 loss.
“We were playing a bigger school and I thought we had a lot of energy,” Pippin said. “We just kind of ran out of gas. But it’s going to make us better, playing a big school, to get us ready for our division play. So, we learned from that loss. We took that loss to see what we need to work on to get prepared for division.”
Baldwyn’s I’Yana Ragin led the Lady ’Cats in scoring with 15 point. She was followed by Amarie Anders (11), La’Embri McGaha (5), Tatianna Beene (4), and Sommer Tyes (2).
Baldwyn 62, Potts Camp 49
It took Pippin’s team a little bit to warm up Saturday, but when they did they put together a pretty good game against the Lady Cardinals.
“It took us a while to get going,” Pippin said. “We were kind of sluggish at first, but in the second half we kind of had a little more energy second half. I just think we didn’t have the same energy tonight that I had last night.”
The Bearcats trailed 9-3 late in the first quarter before a layup and free-throws and a three-pointer by Ragin and a basket by Beene, all with less than 2 minutes to go, gave Baldwyn a spark and a 13-11 lead heading into the second quarter.
Potts Camp briefly took the lead in the second quarter and cut Baldwyn’s lead to one, 20-19, with 2:43 to go in the half. The Lady Cats put together a 7-0 run to finish the quarter and take a 27-19 lead into the half.
The a Lady Cats took command of the game in the third, pulling out to a 46-30 lead entering the fourth quarter. Baldwyn led by as much as 22 points in the final quarter and didn’t let Potts Camp any closer than 13 points after Pippin emptied the bench in the final minute and a half.
Ragin again led the Lady ’Cats in scoring with 23 points, including two three-pointers. Beene (13) and Anderson (11) each scored in the double-digits, and were followed by McGaha (8), Jada Shinault (3), Autumn Richardson (2) and Tyes (2).