A chipped tooth, a lost contact, some foul trouble and a Bruning-Davenport/Shickley team that wouldn’t go away weren’t enough to stop Fullerton.
The Warriors won despite a fourth-quarter rally from the Eagles that cut a 13-point deficit early in the fourth to three in the final minute.
Fullerton starting guard Macy Peregrine left the game with a chipped a tooth before returning to grab back-to-back steals on the final two BDS possessions to seal the win. Starter Cheyenne Ostrander had contact issues that caused her to miss time, and leading scorer and rebounder Halle Plumbtree was limited by foul trouble.
“It was a little closer ending than I would have liked,” Fullerton coach Stacy Kramer said.
With Plumbtree picking up three first-half fouls, fellow post Spencer Herman stepped up with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“I’ve said all year, (Spencer) is the unsung hero of this team,” Kramer said. “She doesn’t get a lot of the glory, she does those little things. She’s a role player that last year at the state tournament had the best game of her season. She did great again this year. She steps up to the plate when we need her.”
BDS fell into an 8-0 hole to start the game, unable to get its offense going against the Fullerton zone.
“They were in a zone when we’d rather play fast against man-to-man,” BDS coach Shana Gerberding said. “That just slows it down and changes the game a little bit. We were kind of standing around too much on offense.”
Fullerton plays Emerson-Hubbard on Friday at the Devaney Center.
Fullerton (25-1)...................14 10 17 10—51
BDS (19-7)............................ 6 10 16 15—46
F: Ostrander 13, Peregrine 11, Frenzen 7, Plumbtree 8, Herman 12.
BDS: Mick 18, Schardt 5, Kadel 7, Grote 5, Ardissono 7, Elznic 5