Tiger girls fall late to Danville in SEISC South road game
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
DANVILLE — The New London girls’ basketball team played Danville tight on the road on Tuesday night but a lack of rebounding killed the Tigers late in the game.
The Tigers, who are now short-handed without injured posts Breanna Mettler and Ashley Birdsell, had the game knotted up after three quarters, but they couldn’t quite pull it out in the final period, falling 44-37.
New London struggled early in the game. They could only muster four points in the first quarter and trailed, 10-4, after the first eight minutes.
Starting post player Alisha Boles had three fouls in the first half, which forced the Tigers to go ultra small in the second quarter, but the defense held strong and a couple of experienced guards carried the team offensively to keep it close.
Madysen Wahls and Camryn Blint combined for 11 points in the third quarter, which helped the Tigers cut the Danville lead to 19-17 at the break.
The Tigers continued to play well in the third quarter and had the game tied after three periods, at 28-28.
Danville was able to score on a couple of fastbreak layups to get a stronger hold of the lead in the fourth quarter. Boles, who kept the Bears in check while she was on the floor, fouled out in the final period, which gave Danville a huge advantage down low in the final minutes.
The Bears clung to a two-possession lead for much of the fourth quarter. Danville struggled from the free throw line while closing the game out, but a handful of offensive rebounds kept the ball away from New London and the Tigers couldn’t get back into the contest in a seven-point loss.
After the loss, New London coach Duane Blint talked about the struggles of playing without his junior star, who got knocked out for the season with a broken finger on Friday night.
“Breanna was our leading rebounder and she’s out for the season now,” Blint said. “Injury is part of the game (but) it’s unfortunate to lose someone like (her).”
Blint also talked about the importance of integrating newer and younger players into the rotation. Freshmen Addy Kellen, Alexa Wenger, Layney Loyd and Sydni Coleman all saw the floor on Tuesday night, with Kellen and Wenger starting.
“This is one of the youngest teams we’ve put out in a long time,” Blint says. “We’re going to ask (the younger players) to step up.”
Wahls scored 12 points in the loss to lead the team. Boles and Blint finished with eight points each. Wenger had six and Kristen Rohdy scored three.
The Tigers fell to 9-9 with the loss. They’ll be back in action on Friday night in a home game against Holy Trinity, starting at 6 p.m.