The Lady Eagles scored first against Adams Central as Haleigh Gross took the tip from Taylor Amber and converted it for two. The game went back and forth in the opening quarter. Churubusco was able to pull away with a 13-9 lead as the period ended. The Lady Eagle defense kept the Jet shooters off balance as they shot only 23% from the floor in the first quarter.
Adams Central fought back and reversed the first quarter score to tie the game at the half 22-22. The Lady Eagles again came out slow on offense, as they didn’t get their first basket until the 3:22 mark in the third period. Adams Central took a 33-27 lead entering the final quarter.
The teams traded baskets in the fourth as ‘Busco fell behind by nine with 1:26 remaining. The Lady Eagles showed their competitiveness as they cut the lead to just two points with nine seconds to go in the game. After two missed free throws by the Jets, Heather Monk missed her shot and it was rebounded by Alysa Holloway who couldn’t get her shot to fall either. The Eagles lost 46-42 after two final free throws by the Jets.
Taylor Amber led the Eagles with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Holloway added nine points and five assists. Morgan Young was all over the Jets players playing outstanding defense as she had seven steals in the game.
“We should have never been in that situation to where we needed the last second shot,” said Coach Perlich. “We need to carry our play over to the second half and quit having the third quarter troubles.”
On Thursday, with Blackhawk as their opponent, the Lady Eagles got off to a great start. Churubusco had a 9-0 lead late in the opening quarter, until Kauffman hit a three to make it 9-3 after one period. Turnovers hindered the chance of putting away the Lady Braves as the Eagles committed ten in each of the next two quarters. Blackhawk tied the game at 11-11 with five minutes remaining in the second period. But ‘Busco was able to gain an 18-14 advantage at the half on a three-point play by Gross and two field goals by Young.
With just six shots in the third period, the result of the ten turnovers, the Lady Eagles managed just two points in the quarter and fell behind 28-20 after three quarters.
Being down eleven with 5:48 remaining put the Eagles in a tight spot but they responded well as they cut the lead to four on Amber’s four free throws and Gross’ three-pointer. Following a basket and another three-pointer the Lady Eagles trailed by one with 2:49 to go. Blackhawk was unable to put the game away at the free-throw line missing two in the last 40 seconds which left the door open for the Eagles. After a missed free throw with 22 seconds remaining, freshman Kasey Gibson hit a sideline jumper to knot the score at 45 all as time ran out.
The teams traded baskets in the overtime period. Kauffman hit her 30th point to put Blackhawk up late in the period, but then gained her fifth foul defending Amber down low and fouling out of the game. After Amber tied the score at 53, the Braves held the ball for the last shot and missed as time ran out.
In the second overtime the Lady Eagles controlled the boards with Monk grabbing six rebounds in the extra period. Busco took the lead for good at the 1:33 mark on a basket by Amber and put the game away with free throws by Young and Monk giving the Lady Eagles their second win of the season.
Gross led the Eagles with 23 points, while Amber added 16 and Young scored 14. The Eagles out rebounded the Braves 50-22, with Amber’s 11, Monk’s ten and Young’s eight leading the way for the Lady Eagles.
On Saturday against Westview the Lady Eagles jumped to a 4-0 lead early but trailed 10-9 after the first period. They kept it close through the second quarter with good ball movement and a tight defense. By keeping the Lady Warriors off balanced and forcing shot the Lady Eagles were right where they wanted to be. At the half Westview had a three point advantage, 19-16.
Westview started the second half with an 8-2 run and the Lady Eagles couldn’t get within reach the rest of the way as the Warriors extended the lead to ten as the quarter ended.
Following another 8-2 run by the Warriors the Eagles found themselves down 40-24 with just over four minutes remaining. Westview held on for a 45-30 conference win over the Lady Eagles who are now 0-2 in conference play. Gross led in scoring with eight and Nichole Wormcastle led in rebounding with six on the night.
“We took care of the ball and shot the ball well in the first half,” stated Coach Perlich. “We were able to stay with them and had just a few letdowns defensively. You can’t have the letdowns against good teams like this and expect to stay in the ballgame.”
“We have some time coming up to where we can look at some tape and evaluate our performance,” explained Coach Perlich, commenting how busy the week was playing three games in five days.
The Lady Eagles will travel to West Noble on Friday night to face the Chargers.