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ETBU women fall short in comeback attempt

By Nathan Hague
Jan. 8, 2017 at 4 a.m.

ETBU's women's basketball team found itself trailing by 20 in the fourth quarter but chipped away at Louisiana College's lead, but fell short in an 81-72. ETBU now holds an overall record of 2-11 and an American Southwest Conference record of 0-6.

We just dug ourselves too big of a hole, especially in the first half with 18 turnovers, that's just too many," ETBU women's head basketball coach Edsel Hamilton said. "It's all stuff we've talked about and worked on. We said, 'How can they beat us? If we turn the ball over and we foul a bunch and give up offensive boards.' They shot 15 free throws in the first half. They had seven offensive rebounds and 18 turnovers."

Hannah Holt led the game in scoring with 23 points. Amanda Wilson scored 13 and Delia Hopkins had nine while Brittney Jones scored eight. Kendle Kossie scored six and Kaitlyn Packet dropped in five. Jhaenniece Rasberry scored four points. Malaisia Chisholm scored two as Lauren Lee and Catina Hayes each scored one point.

Karlee Teddlie led the Lady Wildcats with 22 points. Taylor Payne was next in line with 18 as Brooke Jones and Rometta Lombard each scored 12 points apiece. RyDeja McQuarn, Rachel Johnson and Brooke Comeaux all had four points each and Kristen Breaux scored three.

A layup by McQuarn, followed by two free throws from Lombard gave the Lady Wildcats an early 4-0 lead. A jumper from Chisholm put ETBU on the board to make it 4-2. A free throw and two field goals later, Louisiana College led 9-2, forcing the Tigers to call a timeout. LC continued to pour it on, jumping to a 14-2 lead. The Tigers began a run, however as Wilson sank a pair of buckets and Packet drained one, cutting their deficit to 16-10 with 3:35 left in the first quarter. Moments later, Holt drained a three to cut the lead in half, 18-15, forcing LC to call a timeout with 1:21 left in the quarter. Nobody scored for the remained of the quarter as the teams headed to the second quarter.

McQuarn nailed a jumper to score the first points of the second quarter, bringing the score to 20-15. Rasberry drove the lane to score, making it 21-17. A pair of free throws from Holt put the Tigers within two points, 23-21 before Breaux hit a jumper and Comeaux hit a pair of foul shots to make it 27-21. Holt knocked down a field goal to make it 27-23. Payne hit a pair of shots to make it 31-23 before Johnson's two free throws gave LC a 10-point lead, 33-23. Holt hit a layup as she was falling down. Payne drained a three before Wilson went 3-for-4 on her next two trips to the free throw line to cut her team's deficit to 38-30. Lombard knocked down a pair of free throws before Holt knocked down a layup. That made the score 40-32. Johnson and Lombard each made a layup to make it 44-32 and that's where the two teams headed to the locker rooms for halftime.

Teddlie drained a three to start off the second half then hit a layup to give the Lady Wildcats a 49-32 lead with 9:18 to play. Brittney Jones scored ETBU's first points of the half with a jumper inside the lane to make it 49-34. Packet drained a three to cut the Tigers' deficit to 51-38. Teddlie drained yet another three and added a layup to spread LC's lead to 56-39. An and-one by Brooke Jones followed by a field goal by Payne helped lift the Lady Wildcats to a 63-40 lead. A couple buckets by Holt made the score 64-45. The quarter came to an end with LC up 66-49.

Lombard opened up the fourth quarter with a three and moments later, Teddlie added another to put the Lady Wildcats back up by 20 points, 72-52. ETBU went on a run and chipped away at LC's lead. A three from Hopkins made the score 72-59 with exactly five minutes to play. Later, a field goal and a pair of layups from Brittney Jones made it 72-67. LC hit a couple foul shots to make it 74-67. Hopkins sank another three and Wilson added two free throws to close the gap to 76-72 with 34 seconds on the clock. Louisiana College got the remainder of its points at the free throw line where it sealed up the 72-81 win.

Hamilton was pleased with his team's fight.

"That's what's been good about our team is we haven't given up," Hamilton said. "We've gotten down in games where we fought back and made it close. Yeah you could say maybe the other teams let off the gas a little bit but they had all their starters in there and it wasn't like they cleared the bench or anything like that. We fought and fought. I told them in the fourth quarter that we were down 18 against McMurry and we came back and took the lead in that game. We just couldn't close because we turned the ball over too many times but we've come back from bigger deficits before. That kind of got them going. They started getting after it, forcing turnovers and attacking the basket."

Hamilton added he's confident his team will be hard to beat in a couple years.

"We have some young players who are going to be really good, it's just going to take a little time," he said.

ETBU will travel to University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff and will return home Saturday to play host to Belhaven University for a 1 p.m. game.



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