Blum slipped past Walnut Springs, 40-38, to capture the girls Class A-Division II District 20 championship on Tuesday, Feb. 3, but the Lady Hornets bounced right back with a 52-28 rout of Oglesby last Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Against Blum, the Lady Hornets jumped out to a 13-7 first quarter lead, but cold shooting from the floor and the charity stripe were too much for WSHS to overcome.
Walnut Springs hit just 14-55 from the field for 25-percent, and connected on only 7-17 at the free throw line for just 41-percent.
Blum cut its deficit to four when it was 20-16 at halftime, then took the lead with a 14-8 advantage in the third. Each team scored 10 in the fourth.
Courtney Gibbons posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the loss, while Mariah Hardin scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards. Others contributing for the Lady Hornets were Whitleigh Billman with eight points and three steals, Shakota Billman with four points and five boards, Shea Jones with two points and Shadie Shadix with one.
WSHS used lockdown defense to bury Oglesby early on Friday, as the Lady Hornets raced out to a 17-0 advantage after one. They went on to edge Oglesby in each ensuing period to maintain a comfortable lead throughout.
Jones stepped up with 12 points and three steals in the win, while Gibbons scored nine to go with 13 boards and five steals. Hardin also had nine and committed three thefts, while Shadix scored eight, Shakota Billman had seven, Whitleigh Billman added five, Brooke Townley chipped in with two and Denver Daughtry secured six rebounds.
The split left the Lady Hornets with a season record of 23-5. They entered this week with a district mark of 10-3, and closed out the regular season at Kopperl on Tuesday.