|2/7/2019 11:00:00 AM|
Lady Panthers lose at L'ville, 53-45
| An up and down game ended on a bad swing for Oblong High School's girls' basketball team Tuesday night (Jan. 29) and the end result was a 53-45 loss at Lawrenceville in a non-conference contest.|
The Lady Panthers had a strong start to the game and held the lead for most of it before faltering in the final period.
"The kids played hard and I'm proud of them," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "But, we just couldn't make free throws and hold the lead when we needed to and Lawrenceville hit shots when they needed to."
Despite being without senior Nyah Laino due to an ankle injury, the Lady Panthers started strong and hit seemingly every shot they put up. Oblong opened on a 9-4 run, then scored the final seven points of the opening period to take a 16-6 lead.
At the start of the second quarter, Abbie Dart and Kenzi McIntosh both banked in three-point shots to give OHS a 22-6 lead, but the Lady Panthers went cold after that. Lawrenceville responded with a 17-4 run to end the second quarter and cut Oblong's lead to 26-23 at halftime.
The banks were open again at the start of the third quarter, as Aireka Burke banked in a three-pointer and McIntosh banked in a long jumper from the top of the key to push the Lady Panthers' lead to 31-23. Lawrenceville again answered with eight straight points to tie the game at 31-31, but Katie Cheek countered by scoring five straight points for the Lady Panthers and Maggie Cross added a basket for a 7-0 OHS run to make the score 38-31 and the Lady Panthers held a 38-33 lead heading into the final period.
Five quick points by Lawrenceville tied the game at 38-38, then after two missed free throws by Cheek, Lawrenceville's Chaylee Shick hit a three-pointer to give them a 41-38 lead with 5:54 remaining. Oblong had a chance to regain the lead at the free throw line, but made just two of five attempts in the next minute of game time and still trailed 41-40 with 4:46 to play.
After the teams traded baskets, Lawrenceville's Jayley Akers converted a four-point play after being fouled on a three-pointer at the 3:17 mark, giving Lawrenceville a 47-42 lead. Oblong would get no closer than that the rest of the way, as Lawrenceville hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
"It boiled down to free throws," Johnson said. "The kids played well. This was a game we weren't supposed to win with Nyah out, but we gave ourselves a chance. We just couldn't hit our free throws and make plays when we needed them down the stretch."
The Lady Panthers struggled mightily at the free throw line, making just 6-18 attempts (33 percent), while Lawrenceville connected on 15-22 foul shots (68 percent).
Oblong also cooled off from the floor as the game went on. The Lady Panthers 17-39 field goal attempts (44 percent), including 12-26 from two-point range (46 percent) and 5-13 from three-point range (39 percent). However, Oblong was 10-21 in the first half, while making just 7-18 shots in the second half. The Lady Panthers also hit four three-pointers in the first half and just one in the second half.
Cheek led OHS with 14 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots, three steals and two assists, while Dart posted 12 points, four steals, four assists and two rebounds. Cross contributed six points, seven rebounds and two steals, Burke totaled six points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot, McIntosh collected five points, six rebounds, two steals, two assists and one blocked shot and Jalyn Collier netted two points.
Jayley Akers led Lawrenceville with 19 points, five steals, four rebounds and two assists, while going over 1,000 points for her career in the process and Sydni Williams contributed 11 points, eight rebounds, six steals, two assists and one blocked shot.
Oblong also lost a shortened junior varsity game, 28-15.
Collier led OHS with eight points, while Kim Nichols scored five and Faith Amburgey added two.
Oblong 16 10 12 7 - 45
Lawrenceville 6 17 10 20 - 53
Katie Cheek 5-7 0-0 4-11 14, Jalyn Collier 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Kenzi McIntosh 1-3 1-2 0-3 5, Aireka Burke 0-0 2-3 0-2 6, Hannah Meese 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Abbie Dart 2-9 2-7 2-2 12, Maggie Cross 3-6 0-0 0-0 6, TOTALS 12-26 2FG, 5-13 3FG, 6-18 FT, 45 TP.
Chaylee Shick 0-1 2-4 1-2 7, Alexia Petty 0-2 2-4 1-2 7, Sydni Williams 4-7 0-0 3-6 11, Sara Joines 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Jayley Akers 2-9 2-6 9-10 19, Aubrey Bedwell 3-6 0-0 1-2 7, TOTALS 10-28 2FG, 6-14 3FG, 15-22 FT, 53 TP.
Turnovers - OHS 21, LHS 15. Team fouls - OHS 15, LHS 16. Fouled out - Cheek. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (OHS 31) Cheek 10, Cross 7, McIntosh 6, Burke 3, Meese 3, Dart 2. (LHS 28) Williams 8, Bedwell 6, Petty 6, Akers 4. Steals - (OHS 12) Dart 4, Cheek 3, McIntosh 2, Cross 2, Burke. (LHS 16) Williams 6, Akers 5, Joines 2. Assists - (OHS 11) Dart 4, Burke 3, McIntosh 2, Cheek 2. (LHS 10) Shick 3, Petty 2, Williams 2, Akers 2, Bedwell. Blocked shots - (OHS 6) Cheek 4, McIntosh, Burke. (LHS 4) Shick 2, Williams, Joines.
Oblong 6 5 4 0 - 15
Lawrenceville 7 7 8 6 - 28
Highlights - (OHS) Faith Amburgey 2 points; Jalyn Collier 8 points; Kim Nichols 5 points.
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