(Savannah Labenz shoots for two against Whitko. She finished with six points in the Eagles’ 56-37 loss to the Wildcats. Labenz led all scorers in the Garrett game with 15 points.)
by Don Hiatt
The 2011-2012 Lady Eagle basketball season began this past week with a pair of losses to a couple of quality programs. On Tuesday the Eagles were at Garrett and were defeated 43-28. Saturday night Churubusco hosted Whitko and fell 56-37.
Garrett jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Eagles scored on a free throw by Heather Monk. The Railroaders would again go on a six point run until Savannah Labenz hit a three pointer to close out the first quarter scoring. Garrett opened the second scoring five points. Ashlee Wakeman grabbed a rebound and put it in for the Eagles making the score 17-6 Garrett. The Railroaders scored six more on three trips down the floor. Labenz hit a basket and on the next time down the court she connected on one of two free throws to make it 23-9 Railroaders at the half.
“Offensively we struggled in the first half,” commented Coach Jamie Perlich. “Defensively I thought we did some good things in the first half we boxed out well.”
The second half began with Garrett going on an eight to one run. Labenz and Wakeman would score for the Lady Eagles but Garrett finished the quarter’s scoring hitting a basket with just under three minutes remaining. The fourth quarter belonged to Churubusco (outscoring Garrett 14-10) they connected on ten of eleven free throws. Monk was 5-6, Labenz hit all three and Haleigh Gross hit a pair as the Lady Eagles cut into the Garrett lead. Time ran out on the Eagles as they dropped the opener 43-28 to the Railroaders.
Labenz led the Eagles with 15 points, Monk added seven, Wakeman had four and Gross finished with two.
“We outscored them in the fourth quarter,” recalled Coach Perlich. “Now we have to build on that. I’m proud of our girls for not giving up and battling all the way through until the final horn.”
Saturday the Lady Eagles lost to county foe Whitko 56-37. The Eagles scoring was spread around with Monk leading with nine points. Labenz had six, Gross added five while Jacey Keener and Kristine Bechtold each had four. Chandler Blake chipped in three and Wakeman had two.
The Lady Eagles will be in action at Fairfield this Friday and Tuesday night they will be at Woodlan with the JV game beginning at 6:00 p.m.