JASONVILLE -- Kelsey Pilant scored five points in the last 20 seconds of the game, but it wasn't enough to bring the Shakamak Lady Lakers back as they fell 38-37 to North Daviess in a Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference matchup here Tuesday night.
With the Lady Lakers (4-10, 3-3) trailing 36-32, Pilant used a three-point play to close the gap to just one point. After Meghan Knepp hit a pair of free throws to set the score at 38-35, Pilant rebounded a missed three-pointer from Kelsey Fulford and laid it in as the buzzer sounded to provide the final tally.
"This was a really tough loss," said Shakamak coach Troy Fougerousse after the game. "I think the girls executed our game plan very well and it just came down to a couple possessions at the end."
Pilant used the final five points of the game to bring her total to a game-high 23 points on 9 of 22 shooting from the field. The senior also added 11 rebounds and 2 blocks to complete a double-double on the night.
Fougerousse was happy with the performance that his team's star put in, saying "Another really good night for Kelsey tonight. 23 points and 11 rebounds is a really outstanding game."
Sierra Hudson and Kelsey Fulford added five points each for the Lady Lakers, with both also pulling down two rebounds. Megan Phipps added two points and six rebounds to Lady Laker cause, while Jerri Beck added two in limited time due to foul trouble.
The Lady Cougars (10-3, 3-0) were led by Brooke Moore, who had a double-double of her own with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Cougars also received 10 points from Sabra Smith and Meghan Knepp, who was the main focus for the Lady Lakers on defense.
"We knew coming in from scouting them that they went through her (Knepp), but I thought we did a really good job holding her to only one three," said Fougerousse after the game. "We let the Moore girl get away from us a little bit inside, but we played well."
The junior varsity game was just as close, with the Lady Cougars prevailing 26-22 in overtime.
Kayla Gallagher led the Lady Lakers with eight points, while Marie Fischer and Kiera Samm each had five. Cassie Beck added three points while Casey Reynolds had one point.
The Lady Lakers (4-10, 3-3) return to action this Saturday when they travel to Tecumseh to play the Lady Braves. The junior varsity game will start at noon eastern time, with the varsity contest to follow afterwards.
NORTH DAVIESS (38)- Meghan Knepp 3-11 3-4 10, Larynda Keith 0-2 1-2 1, Abby Hollis 2-6 0-0 4, Sabra Smith 4-11 2-2 10, Maggie Swartzentruber 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Fitzgerald 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Mallett 1-4 0-0 2, Brooke Moore 4-8 3-6 11, Team 14-42 9-14 38.
SHAKAMAK (37)- Megan Phipps 1-6 0-0 2, Sierra Hudson 2-5 1-3 5, Kelsey Fulford 2-6 1-1 5, Kayla Gallagher 0-0 0-0 0, Kiera Samm 0-0 0-0 0, Jerri Beck 1-2 0-0 2, Kelsey Pilant 9-22 5-8 23, Team 15-41 7-12 37.
North Daviess 10 6 10 12 38
Shakamak 8 8 10 11 37
3-point Shooting- North Daviess 1-10 (Knepp 1-7, Smith 0-3), Shakamak 0-7 (Phipps 0-3, Fulford 0-2, Hudson 0-1, Pilant 0-1). Rebounding- North Daviess 29 (Moore 10), Shakamak 28 (PIlant 11). Blocks- North Daviess 0, Shakamak 2 (Pilant 2). Steals- North Daviess 10 (Knepp 3, Keith 3), Shakamak 5 (Phipps 2, Hudson 2). Turnovers- North Daviess 12, Shakamak 14. Total Fouls- North Daviess 16, Shakamak 15. Fouled Out- Smith, Beck. Technical Fouls- None. Junior Varsity- North Daviess 26, Shakamak 22, overtime.