A fourth-quarter surge and huge night from Kaitlyn Root put the Houston Lady Tigers in the win column for the first time this season.

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HHS outscored Newburg 25-7 down the stretch to break open a close game and got 31 points from its senior forward in a 63-40 victory Wednesday night inside Hiett Gymnasium.

The Lady Tigers (1-3) trailed 14-13 after the opening quarter. They had a three-point advantage at the half and led by five entering the fourth before pulling away.

“We struggled in the first half on the defensive end,” Houston coach Jim Moore said. “We allowed the ball to get in to the lane way to easy and didn’t rebound well.

“In the second half we played much better defensively. We didn’t allow as many easy shots and they didn’t give many second opportunities in the second half.”

Ally Morgan joined Root in double figures with 10 points. Carly Crawford and Chloe Hunninghake hit two 3-pointers apiece and had eight points apiece.

“We made shots from the perimeter,” Moore said. “That opens things up inside and allows our offense to flow.”

Houston travels to Norwood on Friday.

BOX SCORE

Newburg 14 8 11 7 – 40

Houston 13 12 13 25 – 63

HOUSTON (63) – Kaitlyn Root 31. Carly Crawford 8. Kenzie Reber 1. Ally Morgan 10. Chloe Hunninghake 8. Jaden Stell 2. Riley Scheets 2. Kennedy Campbell 1. FG 22. FT 15-23. F 14. (3-pointers: Crawford 2, Hunninghake 2. Fouled out: none).

  • Friday at Norwood, 6 p.m.
  • Monday at Liberty, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday at Dora, 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 26 vs. Liberty at Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament, 1:30 p.m.

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