Lady War Eagles Run and Gun to Latest Win

Brandi LawsonThe Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles were rude hosts Tuesday night as they picked apart an athletic Magnolia West basketball team sending the Lady Mustangs back to cow country in the dreaded yella dawg, 65-42.

Brandi Lawson led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points. Jacquira Manning had 11. Chantal Franco 10. Kali Bass 8 and Nadia Schmidt contributed 7. Kali Bass had a Shaq like 11 rebounds as Manning and Tatiana Jackson followed with 8 boards.

Coach Molly Gibson is ecstatic with her 6-3 team, “Tonight, we met our team goal of only 20 turnovers. As a team, we had 43 rebounds and shot 45% from the floor. Those three valuable stats gave us the win tonight.”

Oak Ridge came out quick with their trademark run and gun style going up 17-12 after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Lady War Eagles started to distance themselves from Magnolia West. Up 22-13, Kali Bass grabbed a rebound and missed the put back. Not to be outdone Kali grabbed the miss and then misfired again. She then grabbed that rebound and laid it in putting Oak Ridge up by 11. Segue to the 3rd quarter with Oak Ridge up 34-21 and Tatiana pulled off the safe feat putting Oak Ridge up by 15. This type of aggressive play under the glass was almost non-existent last season and one of the main reasons they have already equaled their win total of last year.

The Lady War Eagles maintained that 15 point lead and after three it was 45-30 as they breezed to the 23 point victory.

It appears as if these girls are having fun. When fun is involved, team chemistry isn’t that far behind. Here it is Thanksgiving break and these girls are already playing basketball together like it’s the middle of January.

“It was a great team effort”, Coach Gibson exclaimed. “We were solid for sure and it was a fun win especially since I coached several senior girls on the Magnolia West team when they were in 7th grade.”

Coach had a proud smile as she reflected back to her days in Magnolia and the hard working girls she had coached.

Oak Ridge travels to Willis on Friday to try and make it four in a row. Four in a row?  That hasn’t happened since “Barbara Ball”. If Oak Ridge keeps this up, we’ll all be watching “Molly Madness”.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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