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Bucs grind it out

Laney's Bailey Edwards (44) looks to pass the ball under pressure from Hoggard's Sarah Downing (32) and Ellen Tootoo (10) in the first half at the Mideastern Conference tournament girls semifinals at Laney High School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. (Photo by Mike Spencer)

Pretty, it wasn’t. Neither was it smooth or efficient. But Laney still took a grinding win against Hoggard in the Mideastern Conference tournament and got the Bucs where they needed to go – into the tournament finals.

Laney (22-1) struggled offensively, and despite shooting 63 percent in the first half, couldn’t consistently get shots and pull away from Hoggard. Laney led by just three points at halftime and the first half saw just 21 total shots.

“We were not working as one out there tonight,” Laney coach Sherri Tynes said. “We had five people on five different pages.”

The Bucs found just enough rhythm in the second half, opening the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers from Kelli Gottry and Tiana Edwards. Amber Doniere also made several late buckets and led all scorers with 10 points.

“To make two or three shots like that should give you some offensive confidence and relax you a little bit,” Tynes said. “But I still thought we were just making things really hard on ourselves.”