Sulphur unleashed a barrage of 3-pointers to break open a close game as the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs defeated Lindsay, 65-46, Thursday night at State Fair Arena.
Sulphur (28-0) had four players score in double figures, led by sophomore Bailee Eldred with 17 points.
Eldred, who entered the state tournament averaging just seven points per game, was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
“Bailee really showed up tonight and made a huge difference for us,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “That's one of her better games of the year and what a time to do that.”
No. 18 Lindsay (20-9), making its first appearance in the state tournament since 1989, stayed close for a half.
Ashley Hughes 3-pointer before the buzzer gave Sulphur a lead of 34-27 at halftime, its largest of the first half.
In the second half, the assault from behind the 3-point line began for Sulphur as Tierani Richardson sank three and Eldred hit another. Sulphur led by as many as 14 points in the third quarter.
Todd said the 3-point shot is a big weapon for the Lady Bulldogs.
“We have put several of them in the hole all year long,” he said. “It's a big part of our offense.”
Lindsay closed the gap to 48-38 at the end of the third quarter but never got closer, as Sulphur outscored the Leopardettes 17-8 in the fourth period.
“In the second half, we executed a lot better,” Todd said.
Richardson finished with 16 points, including hitting 4-of-12 from behind the 3-point line.
Hughes added 15 points and dished out six assists. Ebony Harrison had 11 points and five assists.
“We started running and playing our game (in the second half),” Richardson said. “Once we start getting on a roll, the whole team falls in. We are just rocking and rolling and everything is going great for us.”
Brittany Lujan led Lindsay with 15 points, and Molly Hibbard added 14.