Lady Warriors upend David Crockett, 55-45

By Travis Brown
STAR Staff

   The Happy Valley Lady Warriors took a big step towards improvement Friday night as they defeated the David Crockett Lady Pioneers 55-45.
   The win was a big one according to Happy Valley head coach Ben Godsey.
   "We've be playing hard this year," Godsey said. "We're getting 100 percent, and it's made the difference."
   The first period saw both teams start off at an even pace, as the first period progressed the Lady Warriors began to gain a clear advantage in the paint.
   Crystal Nave was dominant on the glass all night for Happy Valley as she collected 15 rebounds, some of which translated into scores.
   After edging out to a 1-point lead, the second quarter saw the Warriors take control of the contest.
   Using the advantages inside to clean house, the Warriors also got a solid game from Mandy Byrd. Byrd and Nave combined for 12 points in the second stanza, while Byrd ran the offense to perfection.
   Byrd feels much more comfortable in the offense this year.
   "Last year I was too timid," Byrd said. "This year I have matured more."
   Defensively the Warriors shut down the Crockett offense by containing three point specialist Brittany Hensley. Despite scoring 15 points, Hensley was shadowed closely and was denied open looks at the basket.
   Taking a firm 29-19 halftime lead, the Warriors continued to play tough in the third period, After continuing to put the pressure on defensively, the Lady Warriors held Crockett to only 9 points in the third frame.
   However, despite the solid play through three quarters, the intensity that gave HV the advantage began to disappear.
   As complacency set in, Hensley nailed two big treys early in the fourth period to close Crockett within seven points.
   Soon the lead would close to a mere four points before the Warriors came alive with a late surge, and some solid foul shooting.
   Brandi Dugger contributed from the line going 5-6 down the stretch to seal the victory.
   After the game Godsey commented on the late-game lapse.
   "I felt like we relaxed and we didn't take care of the basketball," he said. "We started taking bad shots and we let them back into the game."