A back-and-forth contest swung back in the favor of Robinson High School's girls' basketball team late, then nearly swung back the other direction in the final moments.
Nevertheless, the Lady Maroons were able to score a win to open the 2020 portion of their schedule (Jan. 6), holding on for a 52-49 victory over Edwards County in a non-conference contest.
"The girls persevered through some adversity and illness and we got a win, which we are excited about," RHS head coach Sherry Bopp said. "The girls hit some big threes and made some plays in the clutch and we got stops when we needed them."
Both teams held numerous leads throughout the contest, as Robinson opened on a 7-2 run in the first three minutes, but Edwards County closed the first period on a 9-0 run to take an 11-7 lead. The Lady Maroons trailed by as many as five in the second quarter before a 6-0 run gave RHS a 17-16 lead with 2:10 to play.
A three-pointer by Edwards County made the score 19-17, but two free throws from Bailey Strauch with just over a minute remaining sent the game into halftime tied at 19-19.
Robinson carried that momentum into the early stages of the third quarter, scoring the first six points on baskets by Stevee Walker, Ella Florkowski and Strauch to take a 25-19 lead. The Lady Maroons still led by five past the midway point of the period, but Edwards County closed on a 9-2 run to take a 33-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
Edwards County increased their lead to 37-31 early in the final period, only for Robinson to respond with a 13-3 run to take the lead for good. Walker started the run with a baseline jumper, then Strauch added two free throws to make the score 37-35. After a three-point play by the Lady Lions, Strauch hit a three-pointer from the left corner to pull RHS within 40-38 with 3:40 remaining. Katie Hartke followed with a free throw, then Lucy List made a three-pointer from the right corner to give the Lady Maroons a 42-40 lead with 3:24 to play.
A putback by Florkowski, a jumper by Walker and a series of free throws helped the Lady Maroons extend their advantage to 52-41 with 50.4 seconds remaining. However, a three-pointer and a layup by Edwards County made the score 52-46 with only 8.5 seconds left. However, a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass led to a three-point play to pull Edwards County to within 52-49 with 5.9 seconds to play.
Robinson was finally able to get the ball inbounds to Strauch, but she missed both free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining. Edwards County grabbed the rebound, but an errant pass led to a turnover and Robinson was able to dribble out the rest of the clock to preserve the victory.
Strauch led RHS with 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Walker totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Florkowski contributed six points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, List netted three points, two rebounds and one steal, Emma Bogard recorded two points and one rebound, Bri Robb posted two points and one assist and Hartke added one point and three rebounds.
Caelyn Nelson led Edwards County with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Isabel Shepherd contributed 12 points, three steals, two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot and Jenna Schnepper totaled 10 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.
In a shortened junior varsity contest, Robinson came out on the short end of a 27-23 decision.
List led RHS with nine points, while Catie Newlin scored six.