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Things didnâ€™t start out as planned forÂ Maiden on Friday night at Fred T. Foard. The Tigers quickly jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter, but a second half resurgence by Maidenâ€™s fast-paced offense and stifling defense gave the Blue Devils a 57-45 come-from-behind win.
â€śWe got down early because we didnâ€™t move the ball well,â€ť said Maiden head coach Doug Miller. â€śWe were just settling for 3s that werenâ€™t really there, but we came out in the second half with a whole new mentality.â€ť
Holden Cox and Jalen Gibbs, completely took over the second half for Maiden, which trailed 25-16 at halftime. The two big men led the offensive attack with a combined 19 second-half points, but they also came up with key rebounds that limited the Tigers to just 20 points during the final 16 minutes of the game.
Foard had a 38-18 advantage in rebounding at the half, but Maiden came out of intermission strong and out-rebounded the Tigers 25-12 in the second half.
The Blue Devilsâ€™ offense sputtered in the first half, committing six turnovers and going just 5-for-11 from the free throw line. But a 15-4 run by Maiden in the third quarter gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the night, 31-29, with 1 minute left in the third.
â€śWe missed a lot of opportunities in the beginning with free throws, and that made it hard for us,â€ť Miller said. â€śBut we buckled down, and hit the ones down the stretch to help us seal the game.â€ť
Maiden finished the game 19-for-34 from the foul line, but did hit its final nine free throws to ensure the win for the Blue Devils.
Cox lead all scorers with 17 points, and Gibbs, a sophomore, finished the game with 16 points for Maiden. Ten of Gibbsâ€™ 16 points came in the fourth quarter to extend the Blue Devilsâ€™ lead and aid the comeback.
â€śHeâ€™s done that just about every game weâ€™ve played this year,â€ť Miller said of Gibbs. â€śHeâ€™s just slow to get going. But he is going to be a special player whenever we can get him to put four quarters together.â€ť
Fred T. Foard won 59-43 Friday against Maiden in front of the home crowd. The Lady Tigers held a 42-15 lead at halftime, but had to overcome a 15-0 Maiden run in the second half to hold on for the win.
â€śWe got hot, in the first half, with our shooting, but I told our players that we canâ€™t always rely on our offense to win games,â€ť Foard head coach Wendy Price said. â€śWe had to pick it up defensively in the second half, and it was a real challenge for us.â€ť
Tonya Propst led all scorers with 18 points and Chelsea Turner finished in double-figures with 14 points, thanks to a trio of 3-pointers, for the Tigers.View more articles in: