For The Tribune
The Medora girls basketball played without their two starting guards, Jadelyn Dean and Marsadeez Phillips, and it didn’t help the Hornets’ chances Friday night.
The Hornets had trouble handling the basketball and committed 26 turnovers in a 45-39 loss to Dugger Union.
The game was tied after one quarter 8-8, and Dugger Union led 26-16 at the half.
The Hornets came out aggressive in the third period to close the gap to 33-27 but couldn’t maintain momentum.
With 5:13 in the third quarter senior Carley McCammon picked up her fourth foul. However, freshman Kailen Flynn took over the scoring duties.
Flynn scored 12 of her 14 points in the third and fourth quarters.
Neither team could score early in the fourth quarter until McCammon drove into the lane and was fouled with 5:38 remaining. She hit both free throws to make the score 33-29.
The teams traded baskets until Flynn hit a jumper to make it 39-33. Unions’s Rainy Kinnaird was fouled and she hit both free throws to make it 41-33.
With one minute remaining, Flynn drilled a three pointer to draw it to 43-36.
“Our kids fought hard. I can’t fault their effort,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “I’m proud of the kids because when you’ve got your No. 1 and No. 2 guards out someone has to step up, and I thought some of our kids did.
It throws your defensive and offensive sets off.”
Brad McCammon had to make adjustments with his team, and it almost resulted in a victory.
“We had to go deeper into the bench that I thought we would,” Brad McCammon said. “It was anybody’s ballgame. We made a run out of it. I wish for our kids’ sake they could have got the win.
“You’ve got to give our kids credit. Kailen had a good game.”
Flynn was the top scorer for the Hornets with 14 points and McCammon added 10.
The Hornets (2-11) play Monday at Orleans.