By Michael Lindsay
Strong defense was on display Tuesday evening in Baxter as the Upperman Lady Bees defeated Providence Christian Academy, 50-27.
The Lady Bees held PCA to only nine second-half points en route to their third win of the season.
Upperman senior forward Abby Johnson posted a double-double in the win with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Senior guard Jayla Cobb also hit double-figures with 15 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The Lady Bees opened with a 7-0 run over PCA and led 14-7 after one period.
PCA fell down by 11 points (18-7) in the second period before an 11-0 run late in the period tied the game at 18 going to halftime.
Coach Dana McWilliams’ halftime speech must’ve worked as Upperman outscored PCA 20-9 in the third period to lead 38-27 after three.
Upperman pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter as they held PCA scoreless for the final 8 minutes to win 50-27.
The Lady Bees improve to 3-0 and will take the court next on Friday at the State Farm Thanksgiving Classic in Lebanon.
Upperman (50): Abagail Johnson 18, Jayla Cobb 15, Taylor Dolente 6, Bella Mullins 5, Bella Stiles 2, Gracie Hamilton 2, Ella Harrell 2