By Nicole Minier
CHURUBUSCO — Fans and coaches agree — Churubusco’s girls basketball team played its best game of the season.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to advance to the next round of sectional play, as the Lady Eagles fell short against a competitive South Adams squad, 51-45.
“It was by far the best game of the year,” said Churubusco head coach Dusty Beucler. “We weren’t picked to win, but we talked about how we wanted this season to end. They played their hearts out.”
The first quarter was played as predicted, as the Lady Starfires went up 13-6 after the first eight minutes. The Lady Eagles weren’t going to go down without a fight, scoring 19 points at the sharp shooting of Stacia Fester, who knocked down three 3-pointers in the quarter.
At halftime, Churubusco only trailed by one, 26-25.
The Lady Eagles took the lead to start the second half when Fester hit another 3-pointer in the first possession. The teams traded baskets, and Callie Lemper hit a three minutes later, then Abi Erwin scored on a traditional three-point play, giving Churubusco its biggest lead of the game, 36-33.
’Busco held on to a 38-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Senior Cassidy Yant opened the fourth quarter with a basket, before South Adams was sent to the free throw line eight times in the fourth. South Adams only scored one field goal in the quarter, but tallied 12 points off of 14 free throws.
Churubusco, however, did not make it to the charity stripe in the fourth, and was unable to hold onto its lead, despite another 3-pointer by Fester.
“We went out the way we wanted to. It wasn’t a win, but we gave it all we had,” Beucler said.
The Lady Eagles were led by Fester with 18 points, follwed by Lemper with nine.
The Lady Eagles finish the season 5-18.