MASON, W.Va. — The come back came up just short.
The Wahama girls basketball team ended Thursday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match up with an 11-to-2 run but it wasn’t enough as visiting Federal Hocking held on for the 49-43 victory.
The Lady Lancers (5-6, 5-5 TVC Hocking) turned defense into offense in the opening period, forcing 10 turnovers and scoring 10 points in the stanza. The Lady White Falcons (1-12, 1-9) marked 10 points in the first and trailed by six.
WHS came within a point of the lead in the second quarter after a 8-to-3 spurt fueled by a pair of three-pointers. FHHS finished the half with a 5-to-1 run, increasing it’s lead back to six points.
After the break the Lady Lancers turned up the intensity with a 9-to-2 run that put their lead in double-digits. The Lady Falcons trimmed the lead back down to nine points with an 8-to-2 spurt that ended the period.
Federal Hocking started the finale with a 9-to-3 run, pushing its lead to 15 points. WHS out scored FHHS by nine over the final 4:25 but ran out of time. Federal Hocking earned its second victory over Wahama this season.
Kelsey Zuspan led Wahama with 14 points on the night, including a pair of three-pointers. Mackenzie Gabritsch chipped in with 10 points, while Sierra Carmichael and Rachel Roque added eight apiece. Carmichael hit the game’s only other three-pointer. Paige Gardner contributed with two points, and Bunni Peters marked one to round out the WHS scoring.
Wahama shoth 12-of-22 from the charity stripe in the game, equaling 54.5 percent.
Cheyenne Singer paved the way for Federal Hocking with 25 points, followed by Megan Thompson with 10 and Ashton Cale with nine. McKenzie Steele and Carley Tabler each had two points, while Whitney Gillian marked one to round out the FHHS scoring.
Federal Hocking was 15-of-26 from the free throw line for 57.7 percent.
This marks the 10 consecutive loss for Wahama. The Lady Lancers complete the season sweep of the Lady Falcons as FHHS won 48-37 in Stewart on December 17th.