From the outside looking in, PCS’ six-game losing streak from late November to mid December might seem like a cause for concern. Lady Bobcat coach Matthew Lofton saw the tough stretch as an opportunity for growth, though.
“We’ve been preparing very well over the last couple weeks,” he said. “Our hearts are in the right place, our minds have been in the right place. We just haven’t been able to win a close game or a big game.”
That changed Thursday on day one of PCS’ Christmas Tournament at Rees Gym. The Lady Bobcats got back on the winning track with a resounding, 50-29 win over the Oak Grove Lady Warriors, who reached the semifinals in the Class 6A playoffs just last season.
“We schedule hard and challenge ourselves on purpose,” Lofton said. “And we’re not really playing to a scoreboard. We’re really playing to our best performance, and I think tonight we were pretty close to our best.”
After a competitive first quarter that ended with PCS up 15-10, the Lady Bobcats went on a 33-10 scoring run between the second and third to put the contest out of reach.
“I thought we were so unselfish, and we moved the ball so well,” Lofton said. “We had different people sticking shots, and it was a complete team effort.”
Allie Vann led the way for PCS with 21 points, including six three-pointers.
“With every shot, her confidence kept going up,” Lofton said of Vann. “I thought the other kids did a great job of finding her, and she let the game flow to her.”
Gabby Gallup added 16 points for the Lady Bobcats, who improved to 7-8 with the win.
Oak Grove fell to 3-12 with the loss. The Lady Warriors were led by Jada Tatum’s seven points.