An early-season game with district implications didn’t go Houston’s way.
Behind a big advantage at the free-throw line and 31 points from Ashley Ingram, Licking defeated the Lady Tigers 67-53 Monday night.
The teams were nearly equal in made field goals with 21 and 20, respectively. But Licking made four more foul shots (23) than HHS attempted (19). The Lady Wildcats were 23-for-34 at the line while Houston was just 10-for-19.
Junior forward Kaitlyn Root led the Lady Tigers (1-3) with 20 points. Abby Casper added 11.
Joining Ingram in double figures for Licking was freshman Karlee Holland with 18 and McKenzie Cook with 10.
Licking, which won the Frisco League Tournament last week and is now 5-0, led 15-9 after the first quarter. The advantage was still six at the half before a five-point edge in the third gave the Lady Wildcats a double-digit advantage.
The teams could face off again in tournaments at Mountain Grove and Mansfield as well as the Class 3 District 10 tournament. The Lady Tigers are the defending district champs.
Houston 9 20 11 13 – 53
Licking 15 20 16 16 – 67
HOUSTON (53) – Kaitlyn Root 20. Abby Casper 11. Stephani Crewse 3. Ally Morgan 4. Chloe Hunninghake 3. Carly Crawford. 2. Jaydin Ramsey 2. Alyssa Hayes 6. FG 20. 10-19. F 27. (3-pointers: Hunninghake. Fouled out: Hayes).
LICKING (67) – Lainy Hadix 3. Ashley Ingram 31. McKenzie Cook 10. Karlee Holland 18. Lexi Hadix 3. FG 21. FT 23-34. F 16. (3-pointers: LHadix, Holland. Fouled out: none).