ANACOCO – After taking an early lead, Hicks had to execute down the stretch to earn a win over Ouachita Christian.
The Lady Pirates were outscored 19-11 in the third quarter but pulled out the 49-37 win at the Mickey Goin Memorial Tournament at Anacoco High School.
"It was a good win for us," Hicks head coach Mike Charrier said. "Those girls were 8-1 coming into the game and have a deep bench. They're well coached and have great fundamentals. We're not going to give that win back."
Hicks (13-5) led 26-15 at halftime as the Lady Eagles struggled to hit shots.
Ouachita Christian hit the shots it missed in the first half to cut the deficit to two points following a pair of made free throws near the end of the third quarter.
"In the first half, we created some turnovers but didn't capitalize in transition," Charrier said. "In the second half, they did a good job adjusting to our press."
In the fourth, the defense of Hicks took control, holding the Lady Eagles to just three points in the quarter.
Hicks freshman forward Lauren Quinn hit a layup with 1:04 left to put her team up 47-37.
Quinn finished with a game-high 19 points, with 10 coming in the fourth quarter, and pulled down 10 boards.
"The sky is the limit for her," Charrier said. "It's all about how good she wants to be. She's strong on the boards and is a good leader. She's an aggressive player and works hard."
Chloe Wilbanks added 11 points and seven assists in the win for Hicks and is rounding into form after missing the start of the season.
"This is only her sixth game back, and she hasn't truly found her rhythm yet," Charrier said. "Every game, she is getting stronger."
Hicks made it the Class B State Semifinals last season, and with three of its starters returning, will try to make a run this year.
"We try to involve as many kids as we can, and every game, we try to get them to touch to the floor," Charrier said. "We're entering a stretch now where we play six games next week. We want to get better, and hopefully, be at our peak midseason."