By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 EAST TEXAS – The Crockett Lady Bulldogs took another step on the road towards San Antonio on Valentine’s Day night when they beat the Hemphill Lady Hornets by a score of 58-44 in the Bi-District round of the 2016-2017 UIL Girls’ Basketball Playoffs.

The game opened with the Lady Dawgs jumping out to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter. Anastasia Bolton dropped in a 3-pointer and was joined by Shelby Corry who hit a two, was fouled and converted the free throw. Katelin Holmes, Mercedes James and Jada Lockhart all dropped in two as Crockett seized the early lead and never looked back.

In the second quarter, Dea’Junique James got things going for the Lady Dawgs with 12 points on a pair of 3-pointers, a pair of 2-pointers and two free throws. She was joined in the scoring by Holmes who knocked down a 3-pointer of her own while Corry added a two to help give Crockett a 29-21 lead at the break.

As the third period got underway, Hemphill made a brief surge but the Crockett defense quickly closed the door on a comeback bid. Corry paced the Lady Dawgs with five in the third while D. James and Lockhart both netted two and M. James converted a free throw to close out the third quarter with Crockett ahead by a score of 39-33.

With eight minutes remaining to play in the game, Corry and D. James helped lead the way to the win. Corry knocked down six and D. James had seven. M. James had a pair of two pointers and Katelin Holmes dropped in a two to close out the game and give Crockett the 58-44 win.

The Lady Dawgs were led in scoring by Dea’Junique James with 21 points and Shelby Corry with 16. Katelin Holmes and Mercedes James both scored seven while Jada Lockhart had four and Anastasia Bolton had three.

The win moved the Crockett Lady Bulldogs into the area round of the playoffs on Friday, Feb. 17 against the Kountze Lady Lions. As of press time, however, the score was unavailable.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.