The Christian Academy of Indiana girls outscored Crothersville 9-3 during the final 3:31 of Thursday night’s game and went home with a 40-36 win.
The Tigers (9-5) had trouble putting the ball in the basket, both from the line and from the floor, in scoring their lowest point total of the season.
“We missed 15 free throws tonight,” Tigers coach Kevin Hensley said as his team shot
13-for-28 at the line.
Several of those misses came in the closing minutes as Crothersville was only 5-for-14 in the fourth period.
The Warriors had a 29-24 lead going into the fourth period. A basket by Lacey Hall cut Academy’s lead to 29-26.
After the Warriors matched that field goal, Alexis Adair hit the only 3-pointer of the game, and Katrina Christian followed with a pair of free throws and a steal and lay up to give the Tigers a 33-31 lead.
Academy went up 34-33 before Christian added two more free throws to give the Tigers their final lead at 35-34 with 2:35 remaining.
The Warriors scored the
first four points of the game, then built their lead to 8-2
and led 11-7 at the end of the first period.
The visitors increased their margin to 15-7 before Kashmir Kelshaw hit a lay up, Christian made two free throws and Adair added another lay up to cut the Warriors’ lead to 16-13 at the half.
“We had a lot of shots that hit the rim and rolled off,” Hensley said as his team shot 4-for-21 from the floor in the first half.
Christian topped all players with 18 points, while Brittany Moffett was high scorer for the Warriors (5-10) with 16.
The Warriors shot 15-for-44 from the floor while the Tigers were 11-for-50.
The Tigers had a 33-32 advantage in rebounds. Christian was high for Crothersville with 10 and Abby Jewell had 9.
The loss snapped a five-game win string for the Tigers, and they will be home Saturday afternoon against Lanesville.