JOSHUA — Both teams got off to solid starts.
But it would be the Crowley Lady Eagles who were able to maintain it.
The Joshua Lady Owls managed just 13 points during the final three quarters as they fell to the Lady Eagles on Friday, 50-24.
With the loss, Joshua dropped to 9-7 on the season as it prepares for a home contest Monday against the Hillsboro Lady Eagles. Crowley improved to 8-10 overall with the win as the Lady Eagles are not in action again until a tournament at Midway after Christmas.
The first quarter proved to be a good one for both teams as each squad led at least twice during the frame.
The Lady Owls opened the game with a bucket from Ashley Clifton before Crowley answered with a basket from Ryan Green.
Joshua retook the lead on an Abby Babbitt basket, but six straight points from Crowley, including a short jumper by DaVarika Johnson, allowed the Lady Eagles to open up a four-point edge.
However, Joshua answered with a 5-0 run, getting a pair of baskets from Babbitt, along with a free throw by Sasha Sessums, taking a 9-8 lead.
But Crowley closed out the period with an 8-2 run, getting points from Green, Megan Dell, Erika Ware and Ashley Stamp en route to a 16-11 lead.
From that point on, it was all Crowley.
A pair of three-pointers by Dell, along with a triple from Stamp, sparked a 13-7 surge by Crowley in the second period, allowing the Lady Eagles to go into the locker room with a 29-18 lead.
Things got even worse for the Lady Owls in the second half as they managed just three points in both the third and fourth quarters. Joshua made just two shots from the field over the course of the final 16 minutes, one coming from Elizabeth Dominguez with a minute left in the third, with the other coming from Monique Williams late in the fourth.
In the mean time, Crowley scored 21 points over the final 16 minutes to get the victory.
Johnson had 11 points to lead a balanced Crowley scoring attack. Green and Dell each finished with eight points, while Stamp notched seven points.
Babbitt led Joshua with nine points and seven rebounds.
Crowley 50, Joshua 24
CROWLEY (8-10): DaVarika Johnson 11, Ryan Green 8, Megan Dell 8, Ashley Stamp 7, Rachel Stewart 6, Julie Graham 6, Erika Ware 2, Brittany Terry 2.
JOSHUA (9-7): Abby Babbitt 9, Monique Williams 5, Elizabeth Dominguez 4, Courtney Ubernosky 2, Sasha Sessums 2, Ashley Clifton 2.
Crowley.....16 13 14 7—50
Joshua....11 7 3 3—24
Halftime score: Crowley 29, Joshua 18. Fouled out: None. Three-point goals: Crowley 5 (Dell 2, Johnson 2, Stamp 1), Joshua 1 (Williams 1). Rebounds: Crowley 31 (Dell 9), Joshua 26 (Babbitt 7). Assists: Crowley 12 (Green 4), Joshua 5 (Sessums 3). Steals: Crowley 7 (Dell 3), Joshua 7 (Dominguez, Ubernosky, Katlyn Mary 2). Blocked shots: Crowley 3 (Green 2), Joshua 2 (Babbitt, Dominguez 1). Technicals: None. Turnovers: Crowley 18, Joshua 12.
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JOSHUA — Both teams got off to solid starts.
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