EARLSBORO - The Asher Lady Indians found themselves down 33-24 going into halftime, but Tarin Dubler took over, scoring 27 points in the second half as the Lady Indians defeated the Dewar Lady Dragons 56-53 in the third place game of the Jim Walling Classic Wednesday.
“Playing three games in three days gets a little rough but our opponent was under the same circumstances,” Asher coach Tari Dubler said. “This was a huge win for us in a lot of ways. It was a tight one and we made some mistakes but overcame them and finished strong.”
Dewar jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game, but Asher answered back with a 9-4 run of their own and closed out the first quarter trailing 15-11. The Lady Dragons carried their momentum into the second quarter and ended the half on a 14-6 run. Dubler challenged her team to step up and make plays.
“We talked about the importance of executing the little things and control the boards,” Tari Dubler said. “We tried to force them to rush their shots and I think we did that.”
Tarin Dubler came out of the gate firing in the second half, scoring 17 of her team's 19 third quarter points. Dewar's Kiki Carter did her best to get her team back in the game scoring five points. In the final minute of the game, Asher fouled Savannah Been after a made basket, allowing them two shots. Been made one of the free throws cutting Asher's lead to 53-55. After a foul on the inbounds pass, Asher's Bailey Larman made one of two free throws in the final seconds, putting the game out of reach.
Tarin Dubler led all scorers with 38 points. She also chipped in seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Braxten Frazier contributed seven points and 14 rebounds.
Asher (11-6) returns to action when they travel to Vanoss. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30.