Medora’s boys and girls basketball games Friday against Bloomington Lighthouse offered opportunity for the Hornets’ nets to be abuzz with closely contested games.
With 3.6 seconds left in the boys’ game and up by three points, Medora fouled the Lions’ Bray Snyder on a 3-point attempt.
Snyder buried his first free throw, but that didn’t quiet the crowd. The second free throw went too far left, so Snyder intentionally missed the last shot from the charity stripe.
Lighthouse’s Thomas Sinclaire got the rebound, but Hornets guard Kirk Stewart stole the ball and was fouled with .9 seconds left in the game.
Stewart drilled the first free throw, missed the second and blocked a full-court heave by the Lions to seal a 47-44 win.
Both teams got to a slow start offensively, as the Lions led 8-6 after eight minutes of play.
The game traded leads three times until the Hornets went on 7-0 run in the last 3:56 of the first half that was highlighted by a Jalen Beesley 3-pointer at the 1:28 mark.
The Hornets didn’t have a lead until Stewart hit two free-throws to put the Hornets up 18-16 with 3:23 on the clock.
At the half, the Hornets led 21-16.
The Lions went on a 7-0 run until Stewart managed a field goal with 1:18 on the clock in the third quarter.
Up 31-27 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Hornets took an offensive foul and Kam Flynn registered the Hornets’ first shot at 6:44.
The lead changed three times before the Hornets closed out the win.
Flynn led the Hornets with 14 points. Flynn and Stewart finished with six rebounds each to lead the battle on the boards.
In the earlier game, the Hornets girls team found themselves in a dogfight with the Lions.
Despite Hornets senior Avery Carney’s impressive 16 points and 20 rebounds performance, the Hornets couldn’t muster enough points in the fourth quarter as they fell to the Lions 50-45.
After leading 4-1 in the opening minutes, the Lions went on a 7-0 run to go up 8-4.
The Hornets got back on track, and took a 12-10 lead after the first quarter.
From the start, the Hornets relied on their post game.
Carney played a huge role in the first eight minutes, as she scored six of the Hornets’ 12 points and snagged 10 rebounds.
Another key contributor inside was the Hornets’ Megan Weddell. At the end of the night, Weddell finished with 17 points.
The Lions started the second half on a 3-pointer from Sarah Waldo.
With 5 minutes remaining before the final period, Weddell put the Hornets up 20-16.
With 1:03 on the clock, Waldo made a layup and the Lions took a 23-20 lead.
The Hornets wouldn’t see a lead the remainder of the game.
At the 2:42 mark in the fourth quarter, Weddell completed a 3-point play to bring the deficit to 45-47.
A couple of turnovers and three free-throws sealed the Lions’ victory in the waning minutes.
The Hornets out-rebounded the Lions 44-23 on the night, but Medora finished with 24 turnovers to Lighthouse’s 18 giveaways.