LAVACA — The Mansfield girls pulled away from a tight game late in the third quarter to bank a much-needed 3A-4 win, 52-43, at Lavaca on Tuesday.
After a promising nonconference schedule in which Mansfield won their own tournament over the holidays, the Lady Tigers had stumbled out of the gate to open conference play with an 0-2 start.
"It was pretty much a necessity at this point to get a win," Mansfield coach Keith Dake said. "We played well in some tournaments over the holidays but we came back and didn’t take care of the ball very well in the conference games. We did a much better job of handling the ball tonight."
Kaylie Pyles led Mansfield (9-5, 1-2) with 26 points. Erin Reano added 10 points for the Lady Tigers.
Mansfield led 14-12 after one quarter and 25-21 at the half. Lavaca (3-12, 1-2) was still hanging tough at 28-27 when Codie Robertson made a steal and layup and forced a Mansfield timeout.
Mansfield responded with a 3-pointer from Erica McKay that lit an 11-0 run. Rhianna Farrish made a steal and took it home for a layup that put Mansfield ahead, 39-27.
"We are trying to play with a lot of high-intensity and energy," Dake said. "We had been putting pressure on their ball-handlers all game and I think it showed a little bit there in the second half."
Bailee Crawford led Lavaca with 24 points and Robertson had 12.
Mansfield 41, Lavaca 24
BOYS — Carl Jones scored all 16 of his points after halftime to lead the Tigers (4-8, 1-2) to their first conference win.
Ben Fisher added 11 for Mansfield.
Jones was held scoreless in the first half as Mansfield led 14-13 going to the half.
"Carl got in foul trouble and only played about six minutes in the first half," Mansfield coach Floyd Fisher said. "Then he came out and blew two layups to start the third and we pulled him out and chewed on him a little bit. But he responded and had a nice game after that. He can play inside and outside and at 6-3 is a tough guard."
Mansfield took over with a 14-3 run to start the fourth quarter. Fisher also got to the free throw line four times and made them all.
Anthony Todaro led Lavaca (2-9, 0-3) with seven points.
High School Basketball
Mansfield 52, Lavaca 43
Mansfield 14 11 14 13 – 52
Lavaca 12 9 8 14 – 43
Mansfield (9-5, 1-2): Pyles 26, Reano 10, McKay 6, Farrish 4, Grady 3, Cumbie 3.
Lavaca (3-12, 1-2): Crawford 24, Robertson 12, Stoll 4, Young 3.
Mansfield 41, Lavaca 24
Mansfield 7 6 10 18 — 41
Lavaca 9 5 7 3 — 24
Mansfield (4-8, 1-2): Jones 16, Fisher 11, Morgan 6, Nason 4, Elmore 2, Saygnaphay 2.
Lavaca (2-9, 0-3): A.Todaro 7, Headley 6, Walker 4, J.Todaro 4, Daniels 2, Bogle 1.