FULSHEAR — The Fulshear Lady Chargers were pushed to their limit on Tuesday night but came away with a tight 51-49 victory against Lamar.
Fulshear opened the game sloppy on both sides as Lamar took an early 6-2 lead. A Lady Charger 8-0 run led by Ruke Ogbevire helped Fulshear regain the lead at the end of the first quarter, 14-11.
Fulshear began getting into foul trouble in the second quarter, resulting in numerous free throw attempts for Lamar.
A pair of late three-pointers by Lamar’s Ann Marie Mullen gave a 27-22 lead to the Lady Texans at the half.
Fulshear came out of the locker room down by five and immediately got back into foul trouble. The fouls became such an issue, the Lady Texans were in the bonus early in the fourth quarter. The bonus meant that any foul would now send Lady Texans to the free-throw line.
Lamar made 18 trips to the free-throw line but only converted on 10.
Ese Ogbevire balanced the mistakes with a dominant fourth-quarter performance. Her 11 points in the quarter kept the Lady Chargers close as the minutes ticked away.
Both Ogberive sisters combined for 30 points.
Fulshear had multiple late opportunities to seal the win but could not convert. The Lady Chargers failed to score off of turnovers and could not convert on the free-throw line.
Fulshear made just 57.1% of its 21 free throws — an obvious area for improvement to Head Coach D’Shanna Brown.
“That came down to the end of the game and knocking those free throws down helps out a lot,” Brown said. “I think once we pick that up, we can be very successful.”
Ultimately, it was freshman Kinzie Searcy’s pair of free throws with just 14.1 seconds remaining that gave Fulshear the win. Searcy also led in rebounds with eight.
Brown was impressed by her team’s resilience not to give away the back-and-forth contest.
“I thought we played with a lot of energy and a lot of effort,” Brown said. “We fought all the way with relentless effort and never gave up. Whenever we got down, we continued to push so I’m really proud we did that.”
Fulshear moves to 3-2 and will host Grand Oaks this Friday at 5:45 p.m.