Hornets girls top Lions in finale; boys fall short

MEDORA

Medora’s girls and boys basketball teams hosted a varsity doubleheader against Lighthouse Christian Academy (Bloomington) on Monday.

The Hornets’ Nest saw mixed results on the night, with the girls picking up a victory while the boys fell short to the visitors from down the road.

Hornets top Lions

The Hornets girls finished up their regular season on a high note, defeating the Lions 40-33.

In the first quarter, the Hornets (3-16) took an early 7-2 lead by the 4:26 mark on five points by Lillie Hatfield and a score from Kailen Flynn.

Two free throws and a 3-pointer by Flynn extended the Hornets’ lead to 12-8 before a 3-pointer from Jessica Fix and basket from Emilee Ewer brought the Lions (5-22) within one at the end of eight minutes of play.

The Lions went on an 8-2 run to open the second quarter to lead 19-14, but the Hornets answered.

Baskets by Flynn and Phillips, and a free throw by Kenley King, tied the game at 19 with 2:31 left in the half.

The teams traded baskets before the buzzer, with the game deadlocked at 21.

After trading the lead three times, the Hornets scored six unanswered points in the final 3:41 of the third quarter.

Four points by Hatfield and a layup from King put the Hornets up 31-27 at the end of 24 minutes of play.

The closest the Lions got in the fourth quarter was two points, with 1:47 remaining.

In the final 20 seconds, Hatfield made 4 of 6 free throws to help seal the Hornets’ win.

Hatfield led the Hornets with 19 points and Flynn added 10. Fix led the Lions with 13 points.

Prior to the game, Breanna Pfeiffer, Katie Beesley, Marsadeez Phillips and Hatfield were honored for senior night.

“It was a great win because we finally understood some positions that needed to get job done,” Hornets coach Brad McCammon said. “The key thing was that we got back on both ends of the floor. We got open looks because we spaced the floor better. It was a great team win to finish up the regular season. The seniors are super kids, and this will be a good memory for them.”

Tonight, the Hornets will play Edinburgh in the late game of the West Washington Sectional against Edinburgh.

“We’re going to fight and give them everything we’ve got,” McCammon said.

Boys drop game to Lions

While they mustered a second-half surge, the Hornets boys had dug themselves too big a hole to complete a comeback against the Lions.

The Lions (8-9) jumped to an 11-2 lead three minutes into the game behind six points from John Parker.

Medora (2-16) answered with a 5-2 run, but in the final 51 seconds of the quarter the Lions tacked on six more points — including a buzzer-beater from Will Campbell — to extend the visitors’ advantage to 19-19.

While Owen Sullivan got a basket to go, and Gavin Henson hit a 3-pointer, the Hornets’ offense went cold for a stretch to start the second quarter.

From the 5:53- to 2:49 mark, the Lions went on a 13-0 run to lead 36-14.

The Hornets answered with five straight points, but in the final 1:12 of the half the Lions added two more scores to lead 40-19 at the break.

Spurred by a four-point play by J.D. Fish, the Hornets went on a 7-2 run from 5:05- to 4:12 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 46-35.

Jansen Ray hit a 3-pointer and converted an and-one before the buzzer, but the Hornets trailed 55-37 at the end of 24 minutes of play.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Ray and a score from Fish brought the score to 60-45 with 5:08 left in the game.

In the final 4:13 of the game, the Hornets started clicking.

The Hornets went on an 11-4 run before the final whistle, Sullivan scoring four points in the stretch.

Ray led the Hornets with 19 points, Sullivan added 13, Henson had 11 and Fish scored 10.

Parker topped the Lions with 31 points.

Medora will host New Washington on Thursday.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.