By Mercedes Mayer
FORT WORTH - Even with a No. 14 state ranking and District 7-4A Championship under their belts, the Aledo Ladycats are playing with a chip on their shoulders.
So once again they put the pedal to the metal, beating Saginaw 59-30 in a Class 4A Area Round matchup at Chisholm Trail High School Thursday night.
"As a team, we know what it's like to come and out and lose early in the playoffs, and it doesn't feel good," junior Megan Wood said. "I don't think any of us want to feel like that again, so we go out there with a little chip on our shoulders knowing that we're all going to finish it early in the game and not even have to worry about the end."
After scoring the first 13 points of the game in a 67-48 Bi-District win over Burleson Monday night, Aledo led the Roughriders 13-1 in the first 4 1/2 minutes Thursday. Now they await Friday night's Wichita Falls Rider-Granbury winner for a Regional Quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.
Sophomore Alyssa Dry led Aledo with 13 points, while senior Mallory Powell scored 10 for the Ladycats (27-7). Sophomore Justis Szczepanski-Beavers finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
After leading 21-11 after the first quarter, Aledo held Saginaw (23-11) to just four points in the second quarter to lead 33-15 at halftime. Dry scored eight of Aledo's 12 points in the quarter.
The Roughriders had just two field goals in the third quarter as Aledo extended its lead to 20-plus points for good after Powell hit two free throws with 2:26 to play to make it 41-20.
The Aledo Ladycats defeated Burleson Monday night in bi-district basketball action, 67-48. Next up will be the Area Championship against Saginaw at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 at the new Chisholm Trail High School. Read more about this week's game in the Feb. 15 issue of The Community News.
Due to resurfacing of the track at Boswell high school , the soccer games scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Boswell have been moved to Aledo.
The varsity girls will play at 6 p.m. and the varsity boys will play at 8 p.m. at Bearcat stadium.
The JV boys will play at 6 p.m. and the JV girls will play at 8 p.m. at Aledo Middle School stadium.
The Aledo Ladycats basketball team will face either Burleson or Crowley in bi-district at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Mansfield Legacy High School.
The Aledo girls soccer team added a game to their schedule against Crowley for boyh JV and Varsity at Bearcat Stadium. Action begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan 25.
Aledo varsity soccer games scheduled for Tuesday, Jan.15, have been canceled.
All Aledo ISD students (K-12) will get free admission to tomorrow's (Tuesday, Jan. 15) Bearcat basketball game against Arlington Heights. The varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. Freshman and JV games are at 6 p.m. at Aledo High School.
Aledo girls basketball games originally scheduled for Jan. 15 at Arlington Heights High School have been changed to Monday, Jan. 14. Freshmen and JV play at 6 p.m. and varsity plays at 7:30 p.m.
Aledo soccer games for the night of Tuesday, Jan 8 have been canceled.
The Aledo Bearcats are playing Converse Judson for the championship of the Moritz Holiday Classic at 3 p.m. today at the Aledo High School Gym. AHS Coach Steve Smith said Judson is the 10th ranked 5A team in the state, "and boasts several D1 prospects."