|Spencerville holds off Panthers in girls action|
|Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:27 PM|
The game was fast-paced and sloppy at times but in the end, the Lady Bearcats held off a late Parkway surge to hold on for a 65-60 win.
For Parkway coach Lynn Hughes, it came down to rebounding. The Lady Panthers outrebounded Spencerville 37-28 but the Lady Bearcats got better use of theirs, getting a majority of their points off of putbacks.
“We’ve got to rebound. We outrebounded them but we gave up so many offensive rebounds,” explained Hughes.
The Lady Bearcats hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to Parkway’s 1-of-4, committing only 16 turnovers to the Lady Panthers’ 24.
Pughsely felt that disrupting Parkway’s passing lanes was something that his team stressed: “In the beginning, for some reason, we were allowing passes up the court and we were concentrating on the trap. Once we got in their passing lanes and realized we could get steals and deflections and different things - that seemed to turn the game around.”
The Lady Panthers ran their lead to 18-13 before Spencerville came storming back to take the lead on a steal and basket by junior guard Karri Purdy. The Lady Bearcats got a jump shot and a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Megan Miller to help them run their lead to 28-23 at the break.
Spencerville held the lead for half of the third quarter before the Panthers put a run together which culminated in a basket by senior forward Kylie Snyder to give the hosts a 38-37 lead.
The remainder of the third was back-and-forth and a layup from senior forward Abby Freewalt in the closing seconds of the quarter returned the lead to the Lady Bearcats, 46-45.
The Freewalt basket sparked a run into the early fourth quarter and Spencerville saw its lead grow to 58-51 on a steal and score by freshman guard Jacey Grigsby.
Later, down 62-52 with just under three minutes to play in the game, the Lady Panthers clawed back into it. Snyder scored three unanswered layups and junior center Sierra Fent added one of her own to cut the Spencerville lead to 62-60 with a minute left to play.
Pughsley was pleased with the win, especially with the slew of injuries the Lady Bearcats have been battling of late: “Injuries have been dominating our team this year. That’s really what we’ve been playing against, not only our opponent, but injuries. For us to win with our second-leading scorer and senior leader injured, to look over and see multiple players on crutches or just getting out of a boot, it’s really big.”
Freewalt led all scorers with 19 points and chipped in nine rebounds for the Lady Bearcats. Purdy, with 13, and Grigsby, with 11, also tallied double figures.
Snyder paced the Lady Panthers with 17 points. Fent added 12 points and eight boards and junior forward Cami Hellwarth had 10 points.