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February 6, 2013

Tribe advances, Arabians fall in tight contests

GREENFIELD, Ind. — Two games went down to a shot in the final minute in the Greenfield girls basketball sectional Tuesday.

The end result was that one area team moved on and one closed out its season.

Pendleton Heights missed its final shot and lost to Connersville 32-31. Greenfield missed its last two shots to enable Anderson to advance 54-51.

The Lady Tribe appeared ready to roll once they got it going in the second quarter. AHS turned up the pressure and forced the Cougars into six second-quarter miscues. Anderson sophomore Jacie Dickerson came into the game for the Indians in that period and got the offense in gear.

“She gave us a big boost in the first half,” said AHS coach Chad Cook. “She is big enough that she could score inside.”

And score she did. Dickerson hit all four of her shots in the quarter and finished with 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

At halftime, Anderson led 32-19 and appeared to be ready to run the Cougars out of their own gym. It never happened.

In the third period, Greenfield scored the first seven points of the second half to cut the lead to six. The Indians recovered from that spurt enough to lead by 10, 41-31, going into the final eight minutes.

The Tribe, woeful from the free-throw line the entire game, hit just 3-of-8 from the line in the first seven minutes of the final quarter. Greenfield hit its first seven shots from the field in the fourth quarter and trailed just 52-50 with 52 seconds left.

That’s when the game took a potentially lethal turn for Anderson.

With 41.4 seconds on the clock, a foul was called on Greenfield that sent the Indians’ Samia Carter to the free-throw line. As the official went past the AHS bench, he turned and assessed a technical on Cook.

Carter missed her first shot so she didn’t get a second. Regan Lewis missed her first free throw as well off the technical but hit the second to make the score 52-51. Greenfield got the ball out of bounds and had a chance to take its first lead since late in the first quarter.

With 5.4 seconds left, Shelby Davis drove the baseline and put up a jumper, but it was no good, and Savannah Jones claimed the rebound. She was fouled and hit both free throws. Greenfield had one last chance to force overtime, but a long 3-pointer was well short.

“Give Greenfield credit, they made us shoot shots we didn’t want,” said Cook. “They hit some shots and hit some free throws. We were a little too passive against the zone.”

Chelsea Bentley, who went inside and got a big three-point play in the fourth quarter, topped the Tribe in scoring with 13 points. Only her and Dickerson scored more than six. Jones led Greenfield with 17 points.

The Arabians’ game was cut from a different cloth, but PH suffered from the same malady as the Indians. Pendleton hit only 4-of-11 free throws.

The game was played at a pedestrian pace. Connersville led 14-11 at halftime.

PH’s final lead and final points came on a Tiffany Wertz field goal after a Kiawna Cottrell offensive rebound. The Spartans’ Taylor Stephen hit a 3-pointer to put Connersville ahead to stay.

The Arabians got the ball with 21.3 seconds left, still trailing by one. Three timeouts later, Pendleton had the ball under their own basket with 2.8 seconds left. Wertz threw the ball into the lane at the cutting Cottrell. Cottrell was bumped on each side as she missed the shot, but no call was made.

Wertz led the Arabians with 10 points, and Tierra Huntsman topped the Spartans with 11.

PH ends its season at 13-9. Anderson (17-5) will play Friday at about 7:30 p.m. against New Castle in a semifinal game.

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