MIDLOTHIAN — Palmer High School and its Lady Bulldogs found the mettle to end their four-game losing streak and beatFort Worth Christian School 38-29 on Thursday at Midlothian Heritage High School.
Aside from Dom Flores' team-leading 14 points, Head Coach Ted Shurtleff said one of senior Haley Coffee's best games helped fill the void left by Teryn Pritchett's injury.
"She's a four-year letter winner for us, but she's still recovering from a knee injury," Shurtleff said. "She hurt her knee two years ago and its never been perfect. Today was the first game she shot the ball well. She's had some tough shooting nights, but she's been a key rebounder for us and did other things that helped us — like deflections blocked shots and thing that don't always show up in stat sheets — during the six-game winning streak."
He also noted the play of Tiffany Sadler, who had an impact on the (7-4) Lady Bulldogs' control of the offensive and defensive glass.
"She had 14 rebounds, and she's a freshman who's playing off instinct," Shurtleff continued. "She has no idea what she's doing [within the offense], but she's learning that she can play at this level. She stepped up big today and was a driving force but it was really every player on our roster that stepped up and helped us win."
Coffee scored 13 points on 3-for-5 from behind the 3-point line and Sadler pulled down 14 rebounds, boosting Palmer to a first early then insurmountable lead. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Fort Worth Christian 18-13 in the second quarter and held their opponent to eight total points in the second half — the Lady Cardinals first quarter total.
Sadler added four points and Sierra Stone added two points.
"We're going to look at our issues during the game and try to collect them before we play Heritage," Shurtleff said. "They are going to be a huge test for us. They're a good team that is well-coached and rebounds and executes their inside-outside game well."
Palmer was scheduled to face Midlothian Heritage in the second round of pool play in the Heritage Hoopfest after press time. The Jaguars' moved to 7-3 on the season and into the second round after their 50-23 defeat of R.L. Turner High School and with the help of 10 points from Saige Klor and seven points from Emma Arnold.
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