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home : sports : sports July 23, 2016

12/19/2012 11:09:00 PM
Lady Panthers lose to Noble-Clay City
Sports Editor

An early Christmas present was given by Oblong High School's girls' basketball team to visiting Noble-Clay City Monday night, in the form of a victory.

The Lady Panthers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again in a 41-34 loss in non-conference action.

Oblong led by as many as seven points in the first half, but only scored 10 points after halftime en route to their seventh straight loss after a 3-1 start to the season.

"We just couldn't hit a shot in the second half," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "We had open shots, we just couldn't make them."

The Lady Panthers fell behind 7-2 early, but Kelsie Harper and Kailyn Pinkston fueled an 11-3 OHS run to end the first quarter. A three-pointer by Harper ignited the burst, making the score 7-5, then after a basket by Noble-Clay City, Pinkston drilled a three-pointer to close the gap to 9-8 with 4:25 left. A minute later, Pinkston sank two free throws to put Oblong in front, 10-9. Noble-Clay City would tie the game with a free throw at the 1:42 mark, but Harper connected on another three-pointer with 1:35 remaining to give Oblong a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Baskets by Emily Lockhart and Pinkston to start the second quarter quickly pushed the lead to seven, 17-10. Noble-Clay City would get to within four, but two free throws by Ryann Chiddix and another by Lockhart pushed the lead back to 24-17, before a Noble-Clay City basket in the final minute made the score 24-19 at halftime.

Points were hard to come by in the third quarter, as neither team scored for nearly three minutes. A free throw by Noble-Clay City's Erin Taylor broke the drought with 5:03 to play, then she added two more free throws at the 4:05 mark to make the score 24-22. Oblong's first and only field goal of the quarter came on a Pinkston three-pointer with 3:42 left to push the lead to 27-22, but Noble-Clay City closed to within 27-25 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the third period, Oblong made just 1-12 shots, while Noble-Clay City was 1-7, but the Lady Wildcats also went 4-6 from the free throw line to climb back into the game.

Oblong's struggles continued in the fourth quarter, as two quick baskets by Noble-Clay City gave them a 29-27 lead, which spurred a 12-2 run that gave the Lady Wildcats a 34-29 lead with 2:54 remaining.

Harper ended the run with a three-pointer to make the score 34-32 with 2:45 to go and Lockhart sank a six-foot jumper to tie the score, 34-34, with 1:50 remaining, but the Lady Panthers would not score again.

A putback by Taylor put Noble-Clay City back on top, 36-34, with 1:35 remaining, then after Pinkston missed a three-pointer, Rachel Judy made a free throw to make the score 37-34 with 53.6 seconds left. After another OHS miss, Judy would miss the front end of a one-and-bonus at the free throw line, but Deanna Michels got the offensive rebound for the Lady Wildcats and Judy was fouled again. She made one free throw with 39.1 seconds left to push the lead to 38-34, then the teams traded turnovers. On the following possession, Taylor Smith missed two shots for OHS and Noble-Clay City would add three free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal the win.

"Our ball movement was nice and we were hitting shots early," Johnson said. "But we started getting in foul trouble in the second half, they started chipping away and we couldn't score enough to hold them off."

For the game, Oblong scored more points from the three-point line than they did inside the arc and at the free throw line combined. The Lady Panthers made 10-50 shots from the floor (20 percent), including 4-27 from two-point range (15 percent) and 6-23 from three-point range (26 percent). Meanwhile, Noble-Clay City knocked down just 13-42 field goal attempts (31 percent), which included an 11-36 effort from inside the arc (31 percent) and 2-6 from long distance (33 percent). Noble-Clay City also held an advantage at the free throw line, making 13-23 attempts (57 percent), while Oblong was just 8-17 at the charity stripe (47 percent).

Pinkston led OHS with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Harper posted nine points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal. Chiddix totaled six points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Lockhart contributed six points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal and Cara Mayhew netted three points, three steals and two rebounds.

Taylor led Noble-Clay City with 15 points, 13 rebounds and one blocked shot, while Amberlynn Drewes posted 11 points, four rebounds and one blocked shot.

Oblong did win the junior varsity game, 28-27, outscoring Noble-Clay City 10-1 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory.

Smith and Kira Meese led Oblong with nine points apiece, Cheyenne Wells netted four and Sydney Allen, Michiala Turner and Trish Gregory scored two points apiece.

Oblong (3-8) will be off until after Christmas The Lady Panthers will play Dieterich at 10 a.m. and Newton at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, to open pool play at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

At Oblong

Noble-Clay City 10 9 6 16 - 41

Oblong 13 11 3 7 - 34


Erin Taylor 3-10 2-3 3-4 15, Macy Lenear 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney McNally 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Judy 0-2 0-3 3-7 3, Amberlynn Drewes 5-9 0-0 1-4 11, Whittney Reynolds 3-11 0-0 0-0 6, Deanna Michels 0-2 0-0 6-8 6, TOTALS 11-36 2FG, 2-6 3FG, 13-23 FT, 41 TP.


Taylor Smith 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Kelsie Harper 0-4 3-10 0-2 9, Taylor Harris 0-1 0-3 0-0 0, Kailyn Pinkston 1-3 2-8 2-2 10, Emily Lockhart 2-8 0-0 2-5 6, Kira Meese 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cara Mayhew 0-3 1-1 0-2 3, Ryann Chiddix 1-7 0-0 4-6 6, TOTALS 4-27 2FG, 6-23 3FG, 8-17 FT, 34 TP.

Turnovers - NCC 17, OHS 9. Team fouls - NCC 15, OHS 16. Fouled out - Taylor. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (NCC 48) Taylor 13, Michels 12, Judy 8, McNally 6. (OHS 34) Chiddix 9, Lockhart 9, Pinkston 7, Harper 6, Mayhew 2, Smith. Steals - (NCC 3) Judy, Reynolds, Michels. (OHS 9) Mayhew 3, Pinkston 3, Harper, Lockhart, Chiddix. Assists - (NCC 9) Judy 6, Michels 2, Lenear. (OHS 8) Harper 5, Chiddix 2, Harris. Blocked shots - (NCC 5) Michels 3, Drewes, Taylor. (OHS 3) Lockhart 2, Chiddix.

Junior Varsity

Noble-Clay City 2 9 15 1 - 27

Oblong 6 2 10 10 - 28

Highlights - (OHS) Kira Meese 9 points; Taylor Smith 9 points; Cheyenne Wells 4 points; Sydney Allen 2 points; Michiala Turner 2 points; Trish Gregory 2 points.

Next game - Oblong (3-8) will play Dieterich at 10 a.m. and Newton at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Dieterich Holiday Tournament.

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