Lady Defenders avenge loss to Hannan, 46-41
Bryan Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Not this time around.
The Hannan girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday following a 44-40 decision over Ohio Valley Christian, but the Lady Defenders struck a little revenge Thursday evening with a 46-41 triumph over the visiting Lady Wildcats in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The Lady Wildcats (1-11) appeared focused on gaining a sweep, as the guests stormed out to an early 4-0 advantage just over a minute into regulation. The Lady Defenders (6-11), however, countered with 13 consecutive points en route to a 15-6 edge after eight minutes of play.
HHS was never closer than two possessions the rest of the way, as the hosts went on a 7-2 run to start the second canto — giving them their largest lead of the game at 22-8 with 3:39 left before halftime.
The Lady Cats received trifectas from Pamela Black and Chelsea Meadows, which sparked a 6-4 run and allowed the guests to pull to within 26-14 at the intermission.
A big difference in the halftime score came down to turnovers, as Hannan amassed 22 in the opening 16 minutes while OVCS committed just six. HHS also held a 21-14 rebounding edge at the break, but the hosts owned a 7-5 lead on the offensive glass.
The Lady Defenders were 11-of-34 from the field in the first half for 32 percent, while the guests netted 5-of-21 floor attempts for 24 percent. Both teams attempted five trifectas, with OVCS netting one and Hannan netting a pair of those tries.
The Lady Cats found some rhythm in the third quarter, going 6-of-12 from the field while stringing together a 14-10 run — making it a 36-28 deficit headed into the finale.
Meadows nailed a three-pointer 15 seconds into the fourth to pull the game to within five at 36-31, but the guests followed with turnovers on their next five possessions.
The Lady Defenders answered with an 8-0 run over the next two-plus minutes, as Emily Carman converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 5:33 remaining for a 44-31 cushion.
Hannan countered with a 10-2 surge over the final three minutes, but ultimately never came closer than the final 46-41 outcome.
HHS won the battle on the boards by a 42-23 overall margin, including a slim 11-10 edge on the offensive glass. The guests also committed 31 turnovers in the setback, compared to just eight by Ohio Valley Christian.
OVCS connected on 19-of-65 shot attempts for 29 percent, including a 4-of-16 effort from three-point range for 25 percent. The hosts were also 4-of-12 at the free throw line for 33 percent.
Emily Carman led the victors with a game-high 24 points, followed by Bekah Sargent with seven points and Sarah Schoonover with six markers. Rachel Sargent and Teah Elliott each contributed four points, while Cassandra Hutchinson rounded things out with one marker.
The Lady Cats sank 15-of-45 shots for 33 percent, including a 6-of-15 effort from behind the arc for 40 percent. The guests were also 5-of-14 at the charity stripe for 36 percent.
Chelsea Meadows paced Hannan with 15 points, followed by Tamara Wilson with 10 points and Anna Taylor with eight markers. Heather Ellis and Pamela Black rounded out the respective scoring with five and three points.
The Lady Cats have the only varsity victory for girls basketball in Mason County, which is now a combined 1-43 as of the last day of January. Point Pleasant fell to 0-17 following a 79-2 loss to South Charleston Thursday, while Wahama is now 0-15 following its 59-12 Wednesday night loss to Southern.
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