After a relatively slow start, though leading by 10 points at the end of the opening period, the Aledo offense exploded for 41 in the second stanza. Applying a full-court press, most of the points were drained as a direct result of the steals made and turnovers created by the Ladycats defense.
Madison Mittie led the way for the Ladycats, finishing the night with 17 points, but there were 11 Aledo players who got into the score book. Mallory Powell, Alyssa Dry and Bronte Frank also reached double digits, with 15, 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Ladycats improved to 10-1 with the lop-sided victory.
The Aledo bench naturally received plenty of minutes during the course of the game. The starters made appearances early in the quarters, but the substitutions began early and often. Johnson is thankful for the opportunity to trot substitutions onto the court, giving them the experience they may need in the coming weeks and into the postseason, which will require effective playing time in high-pressure contests.
“I told the girls in the locker room that I could not be more proud of how they handled themselves, and just how much better [the girls off the bench] have gotten,” he said. “Having a very deep team has helped us, being able to put our best against our best in practice and really get after each other.
“I think it has helped of late, and will continue to help us light that competitive fire, all for one goal — to prepare us for the games coming up and into the postseason, as well.
Due to the predominately Fort Worth-based teams in the district, who share a couple of the FWISD gymnasiums, playing on a Friday night, or even a Tuesday night, has been the exception rather than the rule.
“Yeah, it has really been something different this year, hasn’t it?” Johnson said laughing, when asked how nice it was to play on a Friday. “With our [boys and girls] teams split now on the schedule, it’s been tough on our school and harder on our support on road games.