By Bobby Ellis Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — LOOGOOTEE - The Loogootee varsity girl’s team lost to South Central 49-48, in a game that came down to the final seconds.
The Lions fell just short of beating South Central after a strong defensive effort kept the Lions from scoring in the final 20 seconds of the game at Jack Butcher Arena on Friday afternoon.
After trailing 5-0 in the first quarter the Lions fought back and went into halftime tied with the Rebels at 23.
“We struggled early with shots,” said Loogootee coach Chad Wade. “We could have had a bigger lead at halftime, and again we were battling from behind most of the game which is difficult to do with a young team.”
Despite having to battle from behind for the majority of the game, the Lions were able to get within two points of the Rebels in the final minute and a half of play. A Loogootee foul then put the Rebels up by four after two free throws.
The Lions then worked their way down court, passing to senior Taylor Hayes who scored three points on a fade away. Loogootee then forced a turn over when a South Central player traveled near Loogootee’s offensive end.
“We did a lot of silly things down the stretch,” said South Central head coach Randall Schoen. “We should have taken better care of the ball. It seemed like at one point we didn’t want to win the game. We were lucky to come away with a win.”
The Lions however were not able to capitalize and turned the ball over on the pass in. However, a strong defensive effort by the Lions and missed free throws by the Rebels gave Loogootee the ball back with about 20 seconds left in the game and trailing South Central by one point.
When the time out ended, the Lions attempted to drive through the paint but were blocked under the basket. The ball was passed to senior Christina Ziegler, who had 20 points for the night, but who was quickly covered by multiple Rebels and was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.
“What we were trying to do was get Ziegler a shot with the lob,” said Wade. “If we couldn’t get that we were supposed to be getting it back into the guard who would drive the middle and kick it out to Zieg on the wing. But for the most part, it didn’t run as planned. So, there you have the outcome.”
With the loss, the Lions fall to 1-3 for the season heading into a game against Orleans on Dec. 3.
“We’re going to have to have some other scoring activity,” said Wade of going forward in the season. “Obviously our ball handling and decision making has got to get better. But for the most part, brining some offensive players back to the table.”
The Loogootee junior varsity team defeated South Central 29-19.