The Hillsboro Lady Indians were able to get a lead and hold on to it all the way until the fourth quarter, when tired legs and missing crucial shots took the lead out of Hillsboro’s hands and they lost a close one on their home court, 56-53.
The Lady Indians were able to take, and hold onto, a lead in the early goings of the game on Wednesday night against SCOL opponent Washington High School. They were up three after the first and took a five-point lead into halftime. But after being outscored by four points in both the third and fourth quarters, the Lady Indians were unable to come away with the victory.
Neither team out up big numbers in the third, but this quarter turned out to be the pivotal one of the game, as the Washington Lady Blue Lions took over the lead and never gave it back.
“The big thing for us was not getting a couple key stops in the third and early fourth quarter.” Hillsboro’s coach JR Moberly said after the loss. “They had a couple girls step up and shot the ball really well tonight. We just couldn’t find an answer for that.”
The Lady Blue Lions did shoot the ball well in the game. Almost half their points came off of three pointers (8).
The third quarter started with the Lady Blue Lions coming out shooting. Emma Anderson, who had 20 points on the night, was able to get the first four points on the board off a corner jumper and a layup after splitting Hillsboro’s defense in the lane. At 6:24, however, Hillsboro’s Kaylynn Bell was able to stick a nice box-out on a Washington defender and get the over-the-back foul call when she tried to jump over her back. This sent Bell to the line where she was able to make both of the shots.
Points were few and there were sometimes minutes between baskets, as both teams were playing lock-down defense on one another. With 4:56 left in the third quarter, Hillsboro’s Hannah Kibler was able to take the ball in the lane and put up a quick jumper over the Blue Lions’ bigs to bring the Lady Indians back up five.
In the remaining minutes, Washington went on a 8-4 run. With 3:54 left, Carleigh Chaffins scored an easy layup to make it 34-31 but Hillsboro’s Kibler came right back with a bucket of her own to answer. Chaffins scored another basket at the 2:48 mark and a minute later was fouled going for a basket, was sent to the line, and made one of two there. This brought the Lady Blue Lions within two. With 54 seconds left on the clock, Hillsboro’s Madison Snyder was able to make a jumper but with time running down, Emma Anderson for Washington sank a three pointer to bring the Lady Blue Lions to within one, down 38-37 with one quarter to play.
Kirsten Juillerat led all scores on the night but Washington was able to keep her quiet in the third quarter while they made their comeback.
[Washington] doubled down on Kirsten a lot in the second [half], especially late.” said Moberly of the Lady Indians. “Our kids did a good job at recognizing that, I though and found several open shot. We just didn’t make the shots.”
The Lady Blue Lions outscored the Hillsboro 19-15 in the fourth quarter and the Lady Indians had so few fouls, they were unable to foul enough to get Washington to the line to try and get the ball back and score. The final was 56-53, Washington High School.
“We’ve been in foul trouble every game this year, it seems.” said Moberly of the final seconds of the game. “Tonight, the girls did a great job of playing, what I thought was, pretty good defense and they did it without fouling. But there at the end, we’re trying to catch up to them by fouling and stopping the clock and sending them to the line and we had too few fouls to get them there. It’s not often we have that. Usually we have plenty of fouls.”
“Overall, I’m really pleased with my girls and their effort tonight.” Moberly continued. “They battled hard and gave everything they had. If we do a couple things better and make a couple shots, we get that one I think. Washington’s girls played very well also. This was a great basketball game and anyone who missed it, missed a good one.”
The Lady Indians are back in action this Saturday when they host another SCOL opponent in East Clinton.
HHS – 19 11 8 15 – 53
WHS – 16 9 12 19 – 56
Hillsboro: Juillerat 9 3/3 – 21, Bell 6 3/3 – 15, Snyder 4 1/4 – 9, Middleton 2 – 4, Kibler 2 0/2 – 4. Totals: 23 7/12 – 53
Washington: Anderson 4(4) – 20, Chaffin 3(2) 0/2 – 12, Warnine 2(2) – 10, Hawk 3 – 6, Bath 2 – 4, Marritt 1 – 2, McRoberts 1 – 2. Totals: 16(8) 0/2 – 56.