Hamilton’s girls basketball team traveled to Lakota East on Saturday looking to avenge an earlier season loss to the Thunderhawks. The Big Blue successfully outlasted the Thunderhawks, taking a 50-47 win and improving to 6-11 overall and 4-8 in the Greater Miami Conference.
Hamilton jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, going on a 6-0 to end the first quarter on top. Strong defense and effective passing lead the Big Blue to extend their lead to 21-14 going into halftime. To start the third quarter Hamilton went on a 14-0 run. The Thunderhawks began to gain momentum, scoring 13 with only 2:10 remaining in the quarter.
The Big Blue struggled in the fourth quarter. Though they were unable to capture the lead, Lakota East was able to keep the score within a few buckets. With one minute left of play, Hamilton was ahead, but the Thunderhawks kept the pressure. After Lakota East stole the ball on the inbound and took it down the court for an easy lay-up, Hamilton led by one point, 46-45. Freshman guard Anna Cardwell was fouled, with 20.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. She made one of her free throws, forcing Lakota East to make a three pointer for the win.
A Big Blue foul, sent the Thunderhawks to the line. Lakota East made both free throws and brought the score to 47-47. With 2 seconds left on the clock, Ash sank a game winning three pointer to give Hamilton the win.
Head coach Harry Phillips said: “We just thank God that [the girls] understand how to come together and finish [the game] out and low and behold a freshman hits the shot. Lakota East [was] exactly what we expected; they play hard. We knew it was going to be a battle. They had their runs, we had our runs. It just came down to who had the ball at the end, and we did.”
The girls hit the road again to face Sycamore on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
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