Lynchburg-Clay’s Lady Mustangs pulled out a hard fought victory on Thursday over cross-county rivals, the Hillsboro Lady Indians, at home on Thursday 72-66.
The Lady Mustangs improve to 6-2 overall, while the loss drops the Indians to 4-5 on the season.
Lynchburg-Clay was powered by outstanding performances from Peyton Scott with 32 points and Zoe Fittro with 20 including five three pointers.
The Lady Indians were led by Delaney Eakins as she poured in 24 points to keep the Lady Indians within reach.
Lynchburg-Clay controlled the game from the opening tip in the first quarter as Scott and Fittro combined for 15 of the Lady Mustangs’ 17 points in the quarter while holding the Lady Indians to 11.
The second quarter saw the Lady Mustangs extend their lead to 13 points as they outscored the Lady Indians 20-13 in the frame to secure the momentum heading into the locker room.
Hillsboro entered the second half with renewed energy as Eakins put the team on her back and scored 10 of the Lady Indians 19 points in the quarter. Lynchburg-Clay continued their strong play as they poured in 17 of their own to keep the lead at nine points to end the third quarter.
The Lady Indians continued their strong play in the fourth quarter as Kayden Watson hit three triples in the quarter to help the Indians put up 23 in the final frame.
Hillsboro fought their way to within four points at 67-63 late in the fourth quarter but a jumper by Scott and a three by Fittro on back to back plays sealed the win for the Lady Mustangs.
Hillsboro head coach JR Moberly was pleased with the effort of his girls in the game. “I was pleased with the effort we put forth. We gave up a lot of points but the effort to try to do the right thing was there,” said Moberly.
Lady Mustangs head coach Whitney Lewis was happy with the execution of her team on the offensive end of the floor. “I really liked how we executed our offense. We ran through our offensive sets and did a really good job,” said Lewis.
The Lady Indians will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Greenfield to take on cross-county and Frontier Athletic Conference rival the McClain Lady Tigers.
Lynchburg-Clay suits up on Saturday as well when they travel to Southeastern High School to take on the Lady Panthers in a non-league matchup.
Lynchburg-Clay: Blankenship 3-6; Fittro 1(5)-3/4-20; Pinkerton 1-2; Smith 1(2)-8; Scott 10(2)-6/6-32
Hillsboro: Watson (4)-12; Grover 1(2)-8; Hopkins 4-4/4-12; Marsh 1-1/1-3; Moberly (1)-3; Burns 2-4; Eakins 9-6/10-24
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