“We missed three front ends of one and ones in the final two minutes and our defense that played so well had a let up as well. That is three games now that we were beat for four points and had a lead towards the end of the game. We are getting better and I see the improvement. Now we need to win so the girls will gain some confidence and see that the hard work is paying off.”
The Panthers clawed back in the third quarter and closed the Busco lead to just two points 32-30. After a Prairie Heights’ basket the Eagles were able to get the lead to three on a basket and free throw by Gross. The panthers connected on a three-pointer to tie it up. Kasey Gibson gave the Eagles the lead at 37-35 briefly until the Panthers tied it up again. Labenz hit a bucket and a free throw for a three point Eagle lead. Another basket by Labenz gave the Lady Eagles their last lead at 42-39. Prairie Heights went on a 9-0 run to close out the game.
“The Prairie Heights game was a total team effort, we shot the ball better than we have been, we were playing defense like we were earlier in the season,” recalled Coach Perlich. “We rebounded well, got some steals and ran the floor great. Our bench came in and gave us some sparks that we needed. We are looking forward to playing them again in the first round of the NECC tourney. Our sectional is also at Prairie Heights so I told the girls this is going to become our home away from home.”
Gross lead in scoring with 14 points followed by Labenz with nine and Monk with eight. Morgan Young pulled down 11 rebounds and Monk added ten more for 21 of the team’s 30 boards. Young also had seven steals while Gibson added four.
Coach Perlich welcomes the break. “I feel that we have two seasons now with this long layoff. Season one is done and now we can focus on what we need to do over the break to have a good second season. We will continue to stress our defense, being active and playing it for 32 minutes and not in spurts here and there. We will work on our shooting as well as that has not been the greatest the first half of the season. We are getting better at handling the ball, now we will work on how to finish games and be more productive on the offensive end.”
The Lady Eagles are now 2-9 on the season and will continue play January 7th at home against Fremont.