The Medora girls outscored Washington Catholic 9-7 over the final 4:15 of the fourth period to pull out a 39-37 victory Tuesday night in the Hornets’ nest.
Marsadeez Phillips made two free throws with 4:15 remaining to break a 32-all tie and put Medora in front to stay.
Kelsey Turner scored baskets underneath at 3:26 and 2:27 to stretch Medora’s lead to 38-32.
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Another free throw by Phillips with 1:03 remaining put the Hornets on top 39-34 before the Cardinals closed the gap. Kenia Thomas made 1 of 2 from the line with .06 on the clock for the 39-37 final.
Six Medora girls scored, marking the second time this season that six Hornets scored in the same game.
“I was proud of them because they were able to come in in key points, not only offensively, but also on defense,” Medora coach Brad McCammon said. “We were able to keep their main scorer (Hannah Ashby) under control because we knew she was the one they would go to. I felt, off the ball, we did a better job than we’ve done for a while, and I thought offensively we understood what we needed to do and when we needed to do it. It’s tough to understand when you ahead like that. It’s awful tempting to go in and shoot a layup or whatever.”
The Hornets, sparked by 10 points from Kailen Flynn, held a 12-9 lead at the end of the first period.
Turner scored two baskets inside and Elexus Phillips hit a 3-pointer to help the Hornets to a 21-16 lead at the half.
Lillie Hatfield made two baskets and Gwyneth Morris converted a 3-point play to help the Hornets hold a 28-27 lead going into the fourth period.
Flynn topped the Hornets with 12 points, Turner scored 10, and Hatfield added eight.
Ashby topped the Cardinals (1-11) with 23 points.
“I thought they did a lot better job of understanding the game and playing as a team,” McCammon said. “I knew coming that (Ashby) was going to be and that we had to contain. She had 149 points this season and the next girl had 26. We ran a box-and-one and tried to contain her as much as we could.”
Turner topped all players with 20 rebounds, and McCammon said she has had two strong back-to-back games on the boards as she pulled down 13 Saturday night at Columbus Christian.
“(Turner) did a nice job tonight,” he said. “We’ve been working with her that when she gets the ball and she’s 10 or 12 feet out to go around them and she’s been doing that and tonight she did a good job of taking it to the hole.”
The Hornets (2-8) will travel to Union Dugger Friday night.