Lady Cats Let Game Slip Away

By: 
Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
It an very ugly game. The Warsaw Lady Wildcats jumped out early but allowed the Hallsville Lady Indians to take a 44-42 victory on Friday night. It was a strange first quarter in that Hallsville neither scored or committed a single foul and half of their shots never hit the rim.
Hannah Chapman burned the nets early with two threes on the left side of the court and hit a layup for eight of Warsaw’s ten first quarter points. It was 10-0 after one. Warsaw had three fouls to zero for Hallsville.
While both teams played hard and played pretty good defense, the offense on both sides wasn’t pretty to watch. It was 18-10 at the half as Hope Crane, Avery Abell and Lana Hicks provided the offense for the Indians.
The third quarter saw Warsaw struggle as they were outscored 11-6 and so it was now 24-21 setting the stage for a wild fourth quarter of play.
Kylee Fajen fouled out and Hallsville tied it at 34-34 and took the lead at the 1:47 mark on a basket by Avery Abell. Warsaw would tie the game at 37-37 but Crane hit two free throws to put the Lady Cats behind again.Crane and Lydia Loethen would both foul out for the Lady Indians.
It was 43-38 but Chapman hit a clutch bucket to make it 43-40. Hallsville then hit a free throw for the 44-40 lead.
The crowd got into the game as the fans poured into the gym for the upcoming boys game to follow and Hallsville’s 16 cheerleaders pumped up the crowd.
 Head Coach Cody Morgan positioned Chapman and Jordan Plybon in the corners for a possible three at 44-40 with 7.8 seconds left. Hallsville guarded the corners as Chapman drove for a layup as the buzzer sounded to make it 44-42.
Chapman had 19 points in a great effort. Aubrie McRoberts had 13, Fajen six, Kya Schepker two on a break away and Kylee Creach two on a jumper in the first quarter.
Warsaw had beaten Hallsville by two earlier in the season. The Lady Cats fell to 5-12.

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