ROBINSON - Mount Carmel found themselves trailing by nine at halftime after Fairfield closed the second quarter on a 10-0 run.
The Lady Aces stepped up and outscored the Lady Mules en route to a 46-39 victory in girls high school basketball action at the Lady Maroons Thanksgiving Tournament.
“I didn’t think we played very hard [in the first half],” said Mount Carmel coach Tim Willis. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well. At halftime, did a light them up? The answer is no. It’s the second game of the season. I said, ‘here is where you’re at. Now you have got to figure out how you’re going to get yourselves out.’
“We basically simplified things to try and get a lot more ball movement. We were standing around way too much the first half. We went to our spread offense to penetrate and get the ball in and open up some shots and then do a better job defensively.”
Kylie Applebey led all scorers with 19 points as she scored 11 of those in the fourth quarter. Baylie Ray finished with 17 with 15 of that coming in the second half.
“I thought our effort in the second half, they came out and played the way we need to see out of them with this group,” said Willis. “I never thought we were out of the game by any means. We were down at halftime and … I felt confident we were going to make a run in the second half.”
A three from Rachel Jennings to start the third quarter helped Fairfield take a 25-13 lead. Applebey scored on a drive to the basket then Ray connected on a pair of threes as the Lady Mules led 27-21 with 4:37 remaining in the quarter.
With the Lady Mules up 29-25, Mount Carmel closed the quarter on a 6-4 as the two teams entered the fourth quarter with the Aces trailing, 33-31.
"Give Fairfield credit," said Willis. "They played harder than we did in the first half. We made silly fouls and basically got ourselves in foul trouble and couldn’t get out of. We put them on the line and Fairfield did a better job."
Fairfield turned the ball over to start the fourth quarter and on the Lady Aces' first possession, Applebey gave Mount Carmel a lead, 34-33, with a three. Applebey scored on two steals and layups and was 2-for-4 from the line in the fourth. Ray connected on 3 of her 4 free throw attempts.
"Starting off the game, defensively, we played pretty well," said Willis. "They scored a lot of their points from the foul line because we kept hacking and slapping. We knew what we had to take care of fortunately we did it."
Kinsey Kollak led Fairfield with 12 points. Jennings added 11 and Kylar Slover finished with 10.