|2/5/2013 8:15:00 PM|
Lady 'Cats fall short to Reed-Custer at regional
Jim SheldonHaving to go the length of the court down two with just 4.1 seconds left, the Wilmington girls basketball team called time-out to set up the play.
The Reed-Custer defense put pressure on Alexis Casey who fired it inside to senior Tiffany Nugent.
Unfortunately, Wilmington needed a few more seconds to get off a shot as R-C hung on for the 50-48 win Monday in the opening round of the Wilmington regional.
"They just had a couple bounces that went their way and a couple shots that got a good roll. We missed the free throw late with a chance to tie it," said head coach Jon Lewis.
Wilmington led 8-6 early on but wouldn't lead again until there was just 5:35 left.
R-C led 21-15 at the half and opened up a 25-15 lead early in the third quarter.
The Lady Wildcats responded closing the quarter on a 17-7 run to only trail by one, 33-32 entering the fourth.
"We had missed so many free throws and lay-ups in the first half so we knew we would definitely come back in the second half," said Lewis.
"These girls are absolutely amazing to coach and their resolve is unmatched."
A Theresa Homerding three-pointer gave them a 38-37 lead with 5:35 left.
With the score tied at 45 with 59 seconds left, R-C made one of two free throws and then hit a three to take a 49-45 lead.
Casey scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth and answered the R-C three with one of her own to pull the score to 49-48 with 35 seconds left.
Casey hit five three-pointers in the game and Wilmington made seven in the game.
"All year she has been a catalyst for us. She is kind of our spark plug. She gets a lot of steals, lot of transition buckets and leads us in assists."
"Tonight she stepped up big time and just hit shot after shot after shot. Her play was just incredible."
After a R-C turnover, Theresa Homerding was fouled but missed the front half of a 1-an-1 with 12 seconds left.
R-C added another free throw and the Lady Wildcats saw their season come to a close.
Kaylie Davis and Homerding both scored eight points.
Nugent had six points and Lexi Quigley scored four points.
Lauren Homerding added three points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Wildcats finish the season with a 8-16 record after recording just two wins last year.
For more on the Lady Wildcats including photos, pick up a copy of the Feb. 6 Advocate.
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