It was the 3-point shot that was the biggest difference in the game. Alva was 9-of-21 from 3-point range, while Dale was just 1-of-9.
Shooting the 3-pointer is one of Alva's strengths, Smith said.
“It has to be because we are not that big,” he said.
When Dale made a run in the fourth quarter to cut Alva's lead to 42-37, Shiever hit a 3-pointer from the corner.
Then Hobbs answered with consecutive layups, the second coming after a steal in the open court that ended any hope the Lady Pirates had of a comeback.
The Lady Goldbugs haven't played like a bunch of young pups in the playoffs.
“It's been a wonderful ride,” Smith. “The kids have done a wonderful job. They deserve all the credit.
“Maybe we are so young we don't know any better. We got a tough challenge ahead. Northeast is the clear favorite. Hopefully, we will go shock the world.”