If there were points awarded for hustle, the Alice Lady Coyotes may have fared better against the playoff-minded Flour Bluff Lady Hornets.

For most of the first two quarters of Tuesday night’s game, the Alice girls out-hustled, outplayed and stunned the girls from Flour Bluff. There seemed little that the Lady Hornets could do to shake the Lady Coyotes.

However, then Flour Bluff warmed up offensively which led to momentum that carried over to defense. By the time it was all over, a game which Alice led midway through the second quarter went Flour Bluff’s way, 65-41.

Behind a string of three-pointers from Hanna Campbell and Meredith Marcum, the Lady Hornets began to pull away before halftime and it was a trend which continued through the remaining two periods. Campbell and Marcum combined for seven three pointers in Flour Bluff’s run. Campbell led the way with four three’s and a total of 16 points.

Flour Bluff outscored Alice, 17-4, in the third period.

It was totally different early in the game. Playing at home in front of a decent crowd, the Lady Coyotes were fired up for the inter-zone game against their District 30-5A foe. Alice out-rebounded Flour Bluff and took advantage of a handful of turnovers to trade shots through the first period. Led by junior Criselda Cruz’s eight points and a six-point effort by Alex Garcia, the Lady Coyotes hung with the Lady Hornets.

Going into the second period, Alice trailed 19-16.

The Lady Coyotes had a quick run to begin the second period behind a basket from Kayla Escobar and four early points from Garcia. Alice jumped out to a 25-21 lead midway through the period before Flour Bluff eventually picked up momentum.

Cruz led Alice with a game-high 18 points. Garcia had 16.