The Southwood Lady Hoopsters returned to action Wednesday night challenging a very talented Mississinewa team for 4 quarters before falling 49-41 The game really was a tale of two halves. The first half was a lower scoring affair as the Knights only managed 2 points in the first period. A few too many careless turnovers led to easy points for the Lady Indians, but very sound defense was able to keep the game close as the Knights trailed 7-2 at the first break.
A slower paced second period saw the Knights score several points from the free throw line as MaKenna Pace, Erin Lehner and Morgan Farr all contributed from the charity stripe. The Knights would trail 19-11 at the midway point.
The 2nd half would be an exciting up and down contest as both teams offenses woke up. The LadyKnights would close the lead all the way down to 1 point with 1 period to play after 5 players contributed baskets in a 20 point 3rd quarter. The offensive movement, driving and passing were all at their season’s best in the 3rd quarter as the Knights showed clear signs of improvement.
Ole Miss would rebuild a small lead to start the fourth period, but the never-give-up Knights stormed back with another comeback. With just over 1 minute to play, the Knights would take their first lead of the game at 41-40. Unfortunately, it was short lived as the Indians would hit their only 3 point basket of the game on the next possession to regain the lead at 43-41. After a miss by the Knights, Southwood was forced to foul and Mississinewa hit all 6 of their final free throws to win the game 49-41.
Coach West quote “I’m not a huge believer in moral victories, but this would qualify as one. We had a rough week last week, losing two games we felt we should have won and getting blown out in our conference opener. Plus we struggled to even function on offense at times. To bounce back with 2 focused and determined practices and then compete so well against a strong opponent is very encouraging. We are very excited about the progress we made offensively after trying to implement drastic changes to our system just this week. This is a testament to our girls’ resiliency and determination to constantly learn and improve. And we maintained our defensive pressure and intensity we have had in previous games, forcing several turnovers and bad shots through our defensive effort. As coaches and players, we are very encouraged moving forward.”
Erin Lehner – 12 points, 2 assists
Morgan Farr – 11 points, 3 assists
MaKenna Pace – 10 points, 1 assist
Alissa Pershing – 6 points
Kayla Mays – 2 points
Next Game: Friday 12/8 vs Northfield (Girls/Boys DoubleHeader)
JV tips at 5 PM.