’Busco girls lose in sectional opener

Churubusco’s bench is in suspense as a game-tying, fourth-quarter 3-pointer bounces out of the rim.

Senior Cassidy Yant makes a move to the basket in the second half against South Adams in the sectional opener at Churubusco Tuesday night.

Brein Gross races down the floor for a layup after she stole the ball from South Adams in the second half.

Senior Stacia Fester makes a crossover in last week’s sectional opener. She led the team with 18 points.

A group of student fans dispute a call by the referee in the fourth quarter. While South Adams went to the free throw line eight times in the fourth, Churubusco didn’t shoot any free throws in the fourth, and only went to the line twice in the third.

By Nicole Minier

nminier@kpcmedia.com

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.

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