SANGER — Trailing by three with 40 seconds left to play, the Krum Lady Cats lined up in a full-court press with the hopes of forcing a turnover and getting another bucket to extend the game.
The press worked, but Krum lost the ball out of bounds and watched as Decatur netted free throws down the stretch to take a 47-43 win and the District 9-3A title. Despite the tough loss where they were outscored by eight points in the second half, Krum head coach Lana Degelia said the Lady Cats are all ready moving on to the playoffs.
“We’ve got to forget about it and get ready for next week because it’s one and done at this point,” Degelia said. “Mentally and physically we have to be ready next week.”
Krum (19-18) claimed the district’s second seed in the playoffs, where it will play Frisco Lone Star at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Dallas.
Decatur (23-5) advanced with the top seed and will play Aubrey in the first round.
After turning the ball over eight times Friday, six of those in the second half, Krum sophomore Kylee Myers said the team is prepared to fix its mistakes moving forward.
“We had a lot of turnovers, but I feel like we did well overall,” said Myers, who led the Lady Cats on Friday with 18 points and added 12 rebounds. “It just didn’t end up in our favor.”
Tied at 30-30 after three, Krum’s Haley Lewis, who finished with 10 points, made a layup plus the free throw after being fouled to open the fourth quarter before both teams traded baskets to a 38-38 tie with four minutes left to play.
Decatur converted a steal into a layup, and senior Katie Isham knocked down an elbow jumper to take a 42-39 lead.
Myers made a bucket in the paint and senior Caylee Thomas, who finished with five points, made another basket, but it was too late to complete the comeback. After Krum’s final turnover, Isham netted free throws for the win.
“We had a stretch of four straight turnovers and it’s kind of hard to win when it comes down to crunch time and you have that happen,” Degelia said. “Decatur executed when they needed to execute and we didn’t.”
Myers said the team rushed itself.
“We’re a team that plays really fast,” Myers said. “When things aren’t going our way, we just keep trying to go fast. We just never took the time to slow down and regroup.”
Krum got off to a meticulous start, passing the ball around several times before taking a shot. The Lady Cats made four of their 11 shots in the opening quarter, while the Lady Eagles went 5-for-9 for an early 10-7 lead.
Lewis opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 10-10, but she wasn’t done. The sophomore drained consecutive mid-range jumpers in the quarter to help the Lady Cats take an 18-14 advantage at the half.
Decatur opened the second half on a 12-5 run, punctuated by junior Shelby Drew’s 3-pointer from the right wing. Junior Makayla Mayfield tied the game at 30-30 with a runner in the lane heading into the final period.
Decatur 47, Krum 43
Krum (19-18) — Kylee Myer 18, Haley Lewis 10, Mackenzie Ripple 6, Caylee Thomas 5, Sadie May 4.
Decatur (23-5) — Shelby Drews 12, Katie Isham 11, Makayla Carter 7, Macen Stripling 5, Traci Hale 4, Hannah Dunning 3, Haley Dennard 3, Murhpy Graham 2.