TEXARKANA, Texas — The true testament of a team is how they respond to adversity.
Liberty-Eylau fell to Dodd City in their non-district finale at the Rader Dome on Saturday, 52-45.
"We played a lot better coming out of halftime," Liberty-Eylau coach LaMarcus Franklin said. "As balls were going up, we weren't in the right position to make the backside rebound. We gave them second and third chances early on, so I'm glad we were able to get that corrected at halftime.
"Your winning percentage will go down if you're not winning the rebounding battle."
Tamara Norris' putback with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter put the Leopards within three of the Hornets, 40-37.
Norris collected eight rebounds and three points.
"Our girls do a good job of keeping their focus within the game," Franklin said. "That was a point of emphasis for us all week. We knew they were going to be good and we knew they were going to be fundamentally sound.
"We talked all week about weathering the storm during the game. We know they're going to runs and all those but we just have to remain focused and true to what we do."
Myah Hurd hit a fading trey with 1:09 in the third period to bring the Leopards within eight of the Hornets, 40-32.
Hurd ended the game with 12 points and five rebounds.
Dodd City converted four consectuive transition layups to begin the second period, giving itself a double-digit cushion over the Leopards, 24-13, with 4:29 left before intermission.
The Hornets outscored the Leopards, 16-9, in the second quarter.
Dani Baccus finished with 12 points for Dodd City and teammate Rion Baccus added 17 points.
Bryana Block drained a deep three-pointer as time was expiring, slicing the Hornets' advantage to nine points, 31-22.
Block led all scorers with a game-high 24 points, two blocks, and three steals, while teammate Kayla Crabtree added three points.
Kayla Crabtree dove for a loose ball with 5:12 remaining in the first period, holding the possession for the Leopards before the Dodd City timeout to slow L-E's offensive pressure down. Liberty-Eylau was leading, 8-4.
Kylee Graves gave the Hornets their first lead of the day on a trey from the top of the key with 2:32 left in the opening quarter.
Graves finished with nine points for Dodd City.
Crabtree nailed a corner jumper from the perimeter tying the contest, while being fouled with 1:40 left, 11-11.
Dodd City edged L-E in the junior varsity game, 25-23.
Bre Adams led the Leopards offensively with a game-high 16 points.