Watson Chapel junior Kamera Bozeman dominated in the paint Friday night as the Lady Wildcats secured the No. 2 seed entering the Class 5A atate tournament with a 54-43 conference win over rival White Hall.

Watson Chapel junior Kamera Bozeman dominated in the paint Friday night as the Lady Wildcats secured the No. 2 seed entering the Class 5A atate tournament with a 54-43 conference win over rival White Hall.

Bozeman scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the opening period as Watson Chapel (17-9, 11-2 in 5A-Southeast) jumped out to a 19-7 lead. After a short rest in the second frame, Bozeman continued her domination down low, finishing the game with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

While Bozeman was out, Jasmine Bell took care of business on the blocks, scoring 13 points in Bozeman’s absence.

Watson Chapel coach Leslie Henderson said the game went exactly as planned.

“We took it inside,” Henderson said. “It didn’t matter who was out there, whether it was Bozeman or Bell. They both played tremendously.”

White Hall (13-7, 9-4) attempted to match Bozeman and Bell’s performances by getting the ball inside to Jae’Lisa Allen. But Bozeman and Bell created too much interference in the lane. Allen shared high-scoring honors for the Lady Bulldogs with Patience Walker with 12 points each. Rachel Box finished with 11.

“We were going to play behind her,” Henderson said. “But she heated up a little and started making some shots. We changed a little and tried to at least get an arm in front of her.”

The Lady Bulldogs also struggled from the free throw line, maiking 4-0f-14 opportunities in the first half as they trailed 31-18 at intermission.

“We talked about it at halftime that if we just make 70 percent of those, its only a two-possession game,” White Hall coach Mike Upshaw said. “We haven’t shot very well from the free throw line all year. It has been an Achilles’ heel for us.”

White Hall finished the game 6-of-21 from the line.

White Hall opened the second half in a full-court press that forced four Watson Chapel turnovers. But the Lady Bulldogs could not capitalize and managed to pull within double digits twice for the remainder of the game.

Watson Chapel has one game left in the regualr season. The Lady Wildcats will host Little Rock Mills for Senior Night on Tuesday.

White Hall will close out the regular season at North Pulaski. The Lady Bulldogs secured the No. 3 seed for the postseason and will make a playoff appearance for the first time in eight years.

Walker said the loss would serve as a motivational tool as the Lady Buldogs prepare for a postseason run.

“I feel like we played about as well as we could; it just didn’t go our way,” Walker said. “But, if anything, this loss is going to make us work that much harder. We have great chemistry that I haven’t seen before. And it’s getting better.”