Lady Hornets respond to Watson Chapel rally with decisive second-half surge


CABOT — The Bryant Lady Hornets had led the Watson Chapel Lady Wildcats by as much as 11 in the first half but that advantage had disappeared late in the third quarter. Watson Chapel had pulled even at 29 then again at 31 and, after a splendid drive to the hoop by Bryant’s Jakeria Otey, LaDajah Scott popped a 3-pointer to give the Lady Wildcats their first lead of the game at 34-33 with 1:53 left in the period.

Otey, whose ball-handling went a long way to rendering Chapel’s full-court press useless (Bryant only committed eight turnovers in the game) posted up for a basket as the Lady Hornets regained the advantage.

At the other end, Scott launched another 3-point shot only to have it blocked by Bryant’s Erica Smith. Morgan Monk rebounded for the Lady Wildcats and got the ball to senior Kierra Cox. But Cox missed her shot as she tried to avoid Smith. The shot rimmed out and Smith hauled down the rebound.

She got the ball to Otey who pushed it forward to Jayla Anderson. With one Lady Wildcat defender back, Anderson drew the defender and fed Aubree Allen for a layup and a 37-34 edge.

As it turned out, the baskets by Otey and Allen sparked a 16-2 blitz for Bryant by midway through the fourth quarter. The Lady Hornets went on to a 54-41 win in the first round of the Cabot Pre-Holiday Invitational Tournament Wednesday night.

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