After finding themselves in a 20-point hole at halftime, the Medora girls basketball team couldn’t muster enough of a second half rally against visiting Lanesville on Saturday.
Despite an 18-point third quarter, the Hornets fell 57-38 in the contest.
In the first quarter, the Hornets kept it close early when senior Carley McCammon dropped-in a 3-pointer at the 3:26-mark to bring the game to 6-5 in favor of the Eagles.
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However, the Hornets wouldn’t score another point in the quarter and trailed 12-5 going into the 2nd quarter.
Hornets freshman Kailen Flynn opened the second quarter with a basket, but Lanesville went on a 13-1 run to go up 25-8 with 2:14 left in the half.
Medora senior Jadelyn Dean sank three free throws near the end of the half, and the Hornets trailed 31-11 at the break.
“We talked about adjusting to the way the game was being played,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “They were a big, physical team. They were able to rotate the ball to the weak side a lot. We also explained that we need to finish going towards the rim. We were finishing in the first half but staying away from contact.”
Dean heeded her coach’s advice and got aggressive in the third quarter, as she took three-straight trips to the free throw line and converting.
A pair of free throws from Dean and Flynn drew the score to 33-22 with 3:46 left in the third.
Dean converted an and-one opportunity before the end of the quarter, as Medora trailed 42-29.
“We were having initial stops defensively, but allowing three or four extra shots on offensive rebounds,” Brad McCammon said. “I thought we did a better job of being aggressive in the third quarter. We needed to have strong defense to convert to offense. I thought we woke up after halftime.”
The Hornets scored all but two of their final nine points in the game from the free-throw line as the Eagles cruised to the victory.
Dean topped the Hornets’ scoring with 20 points, going 14-for-19 from the free-throw line.
Hannah Walther finished with 17 points and Peyton Sonner scored 12 for the visiting side.
Hunter and Dean led the Hornets’ rebounding with seven boards each of the team’s 29.
Both teams committed over 25 turnovers in the contest.
Medora (1-10) travels to Borden on Saturday.
“The thing about these kids is that we have a lot of effort and attitude,” coach McCammon said. “We have responded better in games. We just want to get better in each game.”