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NASHVILLE — The Brown County girls basketball team has had its share of close games lately, the past two ending in losses.
The Eagles weren’t ready to make it a third loss.
After a brilliant display of shooting by Eagles forward Whitney Williamson in the first half, it was the strong defensive attack in the second half that propelled Brown County to a 48-40 victory against Mitchell.
Eagles coach Shane Billingsley said the girls had to rely on free throws in the final quarter to keep the lead.
“We were able to step up in the fourth quarter and make a bunch of free throws,” Billingsley said. “To be able to finish the game strong and come out with the win is great.”
Brown County (4-2) scored nine of its 15 points off free throws in the final quarter a flurry of fouls early by the Bluejackets (1-4) put them to the line. Billingsley said the defensive stronghold kept Mitchell from gaining any ground.
“I’m really proud of the girls and their ability to step up in the end,” Billingsley said. “There were moments where we looked like we were going to come up short, but our defense stayed tough.”
Mitchell had its fair share of excitement into the final quarter, with guard Danielle Pruett scoring a 3-pointer to put the Bluejackets within 40-37, but the foul trouble ended up costing them.
Pruett ended with nine points, all from behind the arc. Guard Alyssa Gardner led Mitchell with 13 points.
Brown County forward Sarah Southerland scored four of her six points in the fourth quarter off late free throws, when the Bluejackets were put in double bonus.
While the first half remained well balanced in offense, with the Eagles ahead 31-26 at the half, the third quarter put a halt to much of the scoring for both teams.
“We struggled early in the second half with our shots,” Billingsley said. “We were able to get them into foul trouble and rely on our free throws.”
Williamson provided much of the scoring for the Eagles, netting 23 points. Junior Tanner Chapman scored eight points, while guard Emily Brady added seven.
Billingsley said the girls’ ability to work as a team in the end boosted its confidence to get the victory.
“I told the girls to make wise decisions,” Billingsley said. “They made great decisions, and relied on each other to come out with the win.”
Cougars fall to Royals
GREENSBURG — South Decatur led Class 2A No. 5 Eastern Hancock midway through the second quarter, but the Royals went on to claim a 58-48 Mid-Hoosier Conference win.
The Cougars (2-5, 0-3) had big games from Julia Miller (25 points, 15 rebounds) and Ashley Johannigman (12 points, 13 rebounds), but made only 5-of-13 free throws.
“If we could have converted on those other ones, we could have lost by two or less or maybe even won,” South Decatur coach Jessi McConnell said. “Three of our losses could have been won by free throws.”
Panthers handle Lancers
KNIGHTSTOWN — Class 2A No. 6 Knightstown remained unbeaten with a 73-31 MHC win over Edinburgh.
Allie Schooler led the Lancers (0-6, 0-1) with eight points. Mara Cox added seven.
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