BY ROBERT BESKOW
Times Sports Editor
FAIRFIELD – The CWC Lady Bulldogs worked their way into the Championship bracket and then took home 4th place at the 12-team Merry Mule Invitational Tournament in Fairfield this week.
Game 1 (Tuesday) - CWC 52, Lawrenceville 43
The CWC Lady Bulldogs dominated early (leading 24-9 at the half) and then held off a second hand charge from Lawrenceville to take the opening game.
Abby Vaughan led the way for CWC with 25 points. Lawrenceville’s defense made the mistake of letting Vaughan catch the ball on the baseline, from where she is lethal.
Lawrenceville did get back to as close as three points in the second half when the Lady Bulldogs’ shooting went cold. But a sprint early in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer from Janes Smith, two free throws by Julia Smith and a 3-point play from Sydney Lucas put the game away.
Vaughan’s 25 points gave her 1,579 for her career and moved her to second place on the school’s all time scoring list. She surpassed Jessica Minnick’s 1,576 and now trails only Jennifer Goins’ 1,952.
1 2 3 4 T
CWC 12 12 5 26 55
LV 5 4 14 20 43
CWC scoring - Abby Vaughan 25, Sydney Lucas 9, Janes Smith 8, Mayci Edwards 6, Julia Smith 4, Mariah Van Matre 3.
Game 2 (Tuesday) - CWC 52, Wayne City 42
Abby Vaughan followed up her morning 25-point performance with 28 points in the afternoon game to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a win over Wayne City.
Wayne City, with the help of a couple of late 3-pointers led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter. CWC came back to tie it at 26-26 at the half on 12 second quarter points from Vaughan.
The Lady Bulldogs were able to start pulling away late in the third and early in the fourth quarter on a pair of 3-pointers from Mayci Edwards.
1 2 3 4 T
WC 15 11 8 8 42
CWC 10 16 17 9 52
CWC scoring - Abby Vaughan 28, Janes Smith 8, Mayci Edwards 8, Mariah Van Matre 4, Sydney Lucas 2, Julia Smith 2.
Semi-final (Wednesday) - Flora 39, CWC 31
The Lady Bulldogs built a two-point lead after one quarter, but poor shooting in the second quarter and turnovers in the third quarter put them down 27-16 after three quarters. A five-point spurt from Janes Smith to start the fourth quarter brought them to 27-21, but Flora was able to hold off the charge and hang on for the victory.
1 2 3 4 T
Flora 7 7 13 12 39
CWC 9 2 5 15 31
CWC scoring - Abby Vaughan 9, Sydney Lucas 8, Janes Smith 7, Julia Smith 3, Jasmine Smith 3, Mariah Van Matre 1.
3rd pace game - Fairfield 43, CWC 40
A tired Lady Bulldogs team gave host Fairfield all they could handle but ultimately dropped a 43-40 decision.
“I was proud of the way the girls played in all four games,” said CWC Coach Tracy Steed. “There are some areas we still need to work on, specifically turnovers and giving up too many offensive rebounds, those were the difference makers in the losses. But there were also a lot of good things we can continue to build on.”
Teutopolis defeated Flora in the Championship game. CWC’s Abby Vaughan was named to the All-Tournament team.
1 2 3 4 T
CWC 8 14 8 10 40
Fairfield 8 14 14 7 43
CWC scoring - Abby Vaughan 13, Janes Smith 12, Sydney Lucas 10, Julia Smith 4, Mayci Edwards 1.