Jim Moore said he dreamed of this type of offensive production in the offseason.
Those visions finally became a reality.
The Houston Lady Tigers ripped off a 16-0 run to erase an early double-digit deficit and put together their most complete effort of the season in a 61-52 home victory last Tuesday night against Dora.
Led by its senior duo of Ally Morgan and Kennedy Campbell, HHS found production from the interior and perimeter for its second win of the season.
“They played that way at times during the summer. We’ve been waiting to see it this season,” Moore said. “We talk all the time about playing inside-out.”
Houston (2-5) trailed 16-5 after the opening quarter and by 13 early in the second. But the Lady Tigers – led by Morgan and Campbell – ripped off 16 unanswered points to take a lead they would never relinquish.
HHS led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter – a 28-point swing from the early second-quarter deficit. The team’s 61 points were 17 more from their previous high of 44, which came in their only other win of the year.
“We settled in and really played well from the second quarter on,” Moore said.
Morgan, who fouled out without scoring the previous night against state-ranked Thayer, avoided foul trouble en route to her best offensive performance of the season. She scored a game-high 20 points.
“She finally got into a groove,” Moore said. “She’s capable of taking over a ballgame. It was good to see her have some success because I think it will build her confidence for the season going forward.”
Campbell also had her biggest scoring night of the young season. She hit four 3-pointers, including three during the second-quarter rally, en route to 12 points.
“She’s got a really pretty shot. She can fill it up in bunches,” Moore said. “She was catching the ball in rhythm and pulling the trigger.”
Sophomore Jaden Stell also hit four 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Freshman Hannah Dzurick added nine.
Campbell’s triple to start the third quarter sparked a quick 9-2 HHS run. Stell had consecutive 3s in the fourth quarter to extend the advantage to double digits. It was 55-40 when Dzurick converted a transition layin with 4:02 remaining.
“When we get open looks,” Moore said, “I believe we have the talent to put the ball in the hole.”
Last Tuesday’s game
Dora 16 13 8 15 – 52
Houston 5 24 16 16 – 61
HOUSTON (61) – Kelly Hubbs 2. Hannah Dzurick 9. Ally Morgan 20. Jaden Stell 12. Riley Scheets 6. Kennedy Campbell 12. FG 23. FT 6-9. F 18. (3-pointers: Stell 4, Campbell 4, Dzurick. Fouled out: Stell).