It was just another typical game for Dubach star Sueterrica Key.
But it came on a big stage, as Key scored 42 points to lead her Lady Hornets past the Plainview Lady Hornets 65-61 in a Class C semifinal game at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.
“It feels good,” Key said after her big game. “Now I have to keep going. We have another game.
“I can’t even explain, it feels so good. I just focus on the next game. That’s all I can do. I can’t get too happy, because we aint quite there yet.”
Key, whose career high is 55 points, was in foul trouble early in the game, but she overcame a slow start.
“Sue Key was Sue Key, and she played a heck of a game,” Dubach coach Theodis Johnson said. “It was a very good game. They never gave up, and they have a lot of heart. They are very well coached, a good team.”
Plainview, which had its own standout in Breanne Webb, had a lead early. Webb scored 10 of her 23 points in the first quarter, and Plainview led 26-18 in the second quarter.
“My kids played their hearts out,” Plainview coach Justin Miller said. “We wouldn’t have been here if we weren’t a good team. We put our heart and effort into it.
“We came out strong in the first half, had a lead and let them back in. Then we had to adjust because of foul trouble.”
Then Key took over.
Key hit a jumper and made a free throw to jumpstart an 8-0 run to tie the game
before hitting a 3-pointer for a 29-26 lead. Key made a layup right before halftime to give Dubach a 31-28 advantage at the break.
“That’s Sue Key. She’s going to play her game,” Johnson said. “She led us in scoring, probably led us in rebounding and assists. Whatever she needed to do, she did it. She stayed under control. She got in foul trouble early, but she played her game. But I was proud of her. She didn’t get rattled.
“They were pushing her, grabbing her, playing like it was an NBA game, holding her.”
Key spent much of the second half on the free throw line and put in 28 points after halftime, as Dubach held on for the win.
“It’s an easy shot (at the free throw line),” said Key, who made 19 of her 27 free throws. “You can relax and shoot it on your own time.”