The Southwood Lady Knights would play large periods of great basketball, but a 4 minute lapse to close the first half would create too big of a deficit to overcome, falling to Eastbrook 41-36.
The Knights would not allow a field goal by Eastbrook until 4 minutes into the 2nd quarter. Unfortunately, they allowed the LadyPanthers best player too many free looks as she would score 13 points in a 4 minute span.
Midway through the 3rd period, Southwood trailed 33-16 when a tremendous comeback started. The Knights would not allow a field goal the final 12 minutes of play, gradually chipping away at the lead. With 34 seconds remaining, the Knights would pull to 36-39. After two missed free throws by Eastbrook, Southwood had 1 final attempt to tie, which did not happen. Eastbrook closed with 2 FT to clinch.
Coach West quote “A tremendous effort by our girls to fight back into the contest. We forced a bunch of turnovers and defended well. We allowed their best player to beat us; can’t allow her to get hot at the end of the first half like we did. And free throws were probably the ultimate deciding factor. Eastbrook was 20-26, we were 7-21. A lot of positives, but back to work tomorrow to continue improving. Very proud of our fight to come back, stings to fall short. Hopefully motivation to move forward.”
MaKenna Pace – 12 points, 7 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 10 deflections
Erin Lehner – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists
Sierra Stout – 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Morgan Farr – 5 points, 5 steals, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 16 deflections
Sydney Helfin – 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 assist
Kayla Mays – 1 point, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
The Southwood junior varsity fell to Eastbrook 38-23
Scoring : Barney 2, Smith 14, Denney 4, Benner 2, Ball 1
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