ANACOCO – Anacoco took an early lead in the one of the most competitive districts in Class B with a win over Hornbeck.
The Lady Indians capitalized off turnovers to defeat the Lady Hornets 69-50 Tuesday night at home.
"It's been a rivalry between these two schools way before I got here," Anacoco head coach Tim Parker said. "That's going to continue. Having that in mind, I knew it was going to be difficult.
"Defensively, we did good enough to make them turn it over and get easy baskets."
No. 13 Hornbeck (13-10, 0-1) struggled to maintain possession against the half-court trap of Anacoco, committing 16 turnovers in the first half.
"You can't give away that many possessions," Hornbeck head coach Matthew Killian said. "That's two points a possession and a possible 32 points that we gave away.
"We knew we wanted to get the ball in the middle of the floor, because that is how you beat a press. Hats off to them, they're so long that it makes it hard to do that. They deflect passes, and when their arms are up, it's hard to see the floor."
No. 3 Anacoco (27-2, 1-0) ran out to a 8-0 lead in the first quarter after an and-1 by Ellie MacDonald, but Hornbeck answered to pull within one after back-to-back layups by Calli Haymon.
The Lady Indians led 20-14 after the first quarter and extended the lead to double digits with a layup by MacDonald a minute into the second quarter.
Hornbeck cut the deficit down to single digits and trailed 34-29 at halftime.
The Lady Indians went on a 6-0 run to open the third quarter, but Hornbeck ripped off an 8-0 run to pull within two.
"When we actually give ourselves a chance and get the ball down the floor and get a shot up, I think we can compete with anybody in the state," Killian said. "We just have to give ourselves a chance.
"(In the third quarter) we took care of the ball and gave ourselves a chance."
MacDonald connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Anacoco a 54-45 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Lady Indians took control to start the final period, going on a 9-0 run to start the fourth to seal the 69-50 win.
"I told them that we have to respect Hornbeck and not take anything for granted," Parker said. "I think the first half was all in runs. We went up 8-0, then they went 7-0, and we went back-and-forth. We are in the toughest district in Class B, and everybody is good. We needed to do the things we do and do them well."
MacDonald led Anacoco with 23 points, and Peyton Miller added 19 points. Miller is in her first year at Anacoco moving from Simpson during the summer.
"She makes us so much better," Parker said. "She is easy to coach and has been fantastic. She is part of the reason that we are where we are, because her and Cally Hooks help each other out and work well off each other.
"I don't want to be arrogant or overconfident, but I think we have the ability to win it all."
Hornbeck was led by 13 points by Hannah Dalhoff and Kylee Baggs put in 12 points in the loss.
Killian believes his team has the talent to make a run in the district when everything clicks.
"I feel like we can compete if take of the ball," Killian said. "I feel like we can beat anybody. I feel confident."