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home : sports : sports February 26, 2015

2/4/2014 11:27:00 AM
Lady Pioneers beat Lady Panthers, 53-39
Sports Editor

Doing the little things can sometimes be the difference between a win and a loss.

That was the case Saturday night at the annual Crawford County Girls' Shrine Game in Oblong.

Palestine-Hutsonville was able to do the little things a little better than Oblong, allowing the Lady Pioneers to come away with a 53-39 victory to win their seventh straight Shrine Game.

"This was a good team effort," PHS-HHS head coach Travis Blank said. "Oblong played us tough like they always do. Both teams played hard, but we were able to do enough to get out with a win."

"The kids gave everything they had," OHS head coach Tim Johnson said. "We hung with them as long as we could, but they just wore us out in the end."

Early on, it appeared Palestine-Hutsonville was going to run away with the win, as an 11-2 run in the opening period gave the Lady Pioneers a 13-4 lead after the first eight minutes.

Oblong closed the gap to eight early in the second period, while Palestine-Hutsonville pushed the lead to 12, 19-7, with 5:46 to play in the first half. However, Oblong responded with a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to pull within 19-16 with 1:28 remaining, but the Lady Pioneers took a 21-17 lead at halftime.

A 6-2 run by the Lady Panthers to start the third quarter evened the score at 23-23, but they could never get over the hump. Two free throws by Calee Fulling and another by Kiley Rariden gave Palestine-Hutsonville a 26-23 lead and they would not relinquish it. A basket by Kailyn Pinkston drew Oblong within 26-25 with 1:50 left, but Palestine-Hutsonville ended the period with a 6-2 spurt to take a 32-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Pioneers put the game away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Oblong 21-12 over the final eight minutes, which included a 9-11 effort at the free throw line. Palestine-Hutsonville led by as many as 16 late in the game, before settling for the 14-point win.

"We lost to them earlier, so we knew they were capable of beating us again," Blank said. "We went on a run early in the first half to get some separation, but then we got into foul trouble and they were able to get back in it. We knew we needed to stay out of foul trouble in the second half. We played better defense in the second half and we pushed the ball better, which let us get some easy baskets."

"I'm proud of the way the girls played," Johnson said. "We fought back, but doing that takes a lot out of you. We held them in check for three quarters, but we had some defensive lapses that really hurt."

Fouls, free throws and turnovers were critical elements in the game and Palestine-Hutsonville held an advantage in all of those areas.

There were 45 fouls called in the game, which led to 54 free throws being shot. Each team attempted 27 foul shots, with Palestine-Hutsonville making 17 (63 percent) and Oblong making just 11 (41 percent). Oblong also turned the ball over 26 times, while Palestine-Hutsonville had just 14 miscues.

"We knew we had to make free throws and box out and we did a good job in those areas," Blank said. "I am proud of them and their effort."

Fulling led Palestine-Hutsonville with 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and one steal, while Emily Nehls posted 18 points, five steals, two rebounds and one assist. McKenna Elder contributed nine points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Leslie Churchwell netted four points, four rebounds and one steal, Taci Newlin collected three points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots and Rariden added one point, two steals, one rebound and one assist.

"The girls are so good together when we play as a team," Blank said. "This was a good win and a good game to help us prepare for regionals."

Pinkston led Oblong with 17 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal, while Emily Lockhart totaled nine points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and one assist. Cheyenne Wells posted five points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist, Taylor Smith netted four points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Kira Meese contributed two points, 11 rebounds, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot and Logan Draves added two points, seven rebounds and one assist.

"These girls are getting better and starting to become basketball players," Johnson said. "This group has been the most fun to coach because they haven't quit and are playing hard. This one hurts because they wanted it so bad and I wanted it for them."

11th Annual Crawford County Girls Shrine Game

At Oblong

Palestine-Hutsonville 13 8 11 21 - 53

Oblong 4 13 10 12 - 39


Katherine Knoblett 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Calee Fulling 6-11 0-0 6-9 18, Leslie Churchwell 1-4 0-0 2-4 4, Emily Nehls 7-12 0-0 4-4 18, McKenna Elder 3-5 0-4 3-4 9, Kiley Rariden 0-5 0-0 1-2 1, Taci Newlin 1-3 0-5 1-4 3, Shaelyn Wilber 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Becky Mendenhall 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Katie Williams 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 18-42 2FG, 0-9 3FG, 17-27 FT, 53 TP.


Taylor Smith 2-5 0-0 0-0 4, Cheyenne Wells 2-3 0-1 1-3 5, Kailyn Pinkston 4-13 0-1 9-15 17, Emily Lockhart 4-12 0-0 1-2 9, Michaela Spraggins 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Kira Meese 1-6 0-0 0-4 2, Karley Shipman 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Draves 1-1 0-0 0-3 2, TOTALS 14-41 2FG, 0-2 3FG, 11-27 FT, 39 TP.

Turnovers - PHHS 14, OHS 26. Team fouls - PHHS 23, OHS 22. Fouled out - Williams, Lockhart, Meese, Smith. Technical foul - none. Rebounds - (PHHS 35) Fulling 13, Newlin 10, Churchwell 4, Elder 4, Nehls 2, Rariden, Williams. (OHS 42) Meese 11, Pinkston 9, Lockhart 8, Draves 7, Wells 5, Smith 2. Steals - (PHHS 12) Nehls 5, Rariden 2, Newlin 2, Fulling, Churchwell, Elder. (OHS 7) Lockhart 2, Smith, Wells, Pinkston, Meese, Shipman. Assists - (PHHS 17) Newlin 6, Fulling 5, Williams 3, Nehls, Elder, Rariden. (OHS 8) Pinkston 2, Smith, Wells, Lockhart, Meese, Shipman, Draves. Blocked shots - (PHHS 5) Fulling 3, Newlin 2. (OHS 5) Pinkston 2, Lockhart 2, Meese.

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