Arlington Bowie used two key scoring runs Friday to get past North Crowley 53-34 at Panther Fieldhouse, and to stay undefeated in District 3-5A play.
The first run gave the Volunteers (20-5, 5-0) early control of the game.
North Crowley (9-13, 4-1) was scratching at Bowie's 9-6 lead with less than two minutes left in the opening quarter, but Volunteers post Ashley Ferguson got an offensive board and a put-back to ignite a 14-3 run that stretched into the second quarter.
Ferguson led all scorers with 16 points and collected eight rebounds. Bowie spread around the scoring opportunities. Guard Kaylen Taylor slashed through the lane for 11 points, while post Emerald Mayfield added 10.
"It really helps to have options inside and out," Bowie coach Kelly Carruthers said. "With four 3-point shooters and two big post players, a lot of teams don't have that, and we just take advantage where we can."
Bowie's second crucial run came in response to a run from North Crowley. The Panthers were once again clawing back into things in the third quarter, this time using a quick 8-0 run behind the play of guard Brianna Holmes that made the score 32-24 with 4:45 left in the frame.
The senior put in six of her team-high 13 points in a span of two minutes.
But the Volunteers put the brakes on the North Crowley momentum with a 12-2 run to finish the quarter and give Bowie a 16-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.
Bowie's care with the basketball was a big part of the win. The Volunteers forced 19 North Crowley turnovers and gave the ball away just 13 times.
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