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Turnovers in final minutes doom Lady Bears

| January 3, 2017

WARSAW- Heading into Friday night, Dec. 30, Head Coach Marty Bice and his Lady Bears had an eye on a showdown with the Lady Scotties of Tri-Valley. You could tell that both teams wanted this game as much as the other. Tough defense all night long led to a low scoring game, but the Lady Scotties would ultimately prevail by a final score of 35-29.

Plenty of defensive intensity opened the game as both teams had plenty of turnovers and some cold shooting. The game would open to a 3-2 lead in favor of the Scotties after the first quarter. The Lady Bears scored the only two points of the quarter until a FG was poured in by freshman Jessica Hartsock with just a few seconds left in the quarter. Both teams would continue to struggle from the floor in the second quarter as the score would only reach 10-8 at the half, still in favor of the Tri-Valley.

The offenses would start to pick up in the second half, but not necessarily from shooting. Both teams would find themselves in the bonus rather early in the half. Tri-Valley would get into the bonus midway through the third quarter while River View didn’t follow too far behind. It seemed like any time River View would get a couple of points to cut into the lead, the Lady Scotties would fire right back and Tri-Valley took a 24-18 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bears would connect on 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, but two turnovers in the final minute would aid Tri-Valley in putting the game away with some clutch free throw shooting in the final stretch. The Lady Scotties would prevail 35-29 over the Lady Bears.

The Lady Bears were led by junior Mackenzie Huff on both ends of the floor. Huff dominated the boards all night long on both ends as she would pull down a total of 16 rebounds on the night, while also leading the team in points with 11. Next in line for the Bears was Hartsock, who was second in both of those categories with 10 points and four rebounds.

Tri-Valley was led by Alysa Edwards-Frick in points with 13. Alivia Bash hit two free throws at the end of the game that would ultimately seal the deal for the Scotties. Tri-Valley with the win moves to 6-4 on their season.

Tri-Valley also won the JV game 36-31. Hine had 13 for the Tri-Valley reserves to pace the Scotties, while Warschauer had 10 points for the Lady Bears.

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