LITTLE CINCINNATI -- Very few adjectives would describe Thursday's game between the Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbirds and Shakamak Lady Lakers better than interesting.
While the final score was 52-42 in favor of the host Lady Thunderbirds, the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference game was certainly closer than the final gap.
"It was physical, I like to think both ways in fact," Eastern Greene coach Zack Stevens said. "Neither team backed down from each other."
But that's just one small segment of the total story. In fact, it's probably the least important aspect of the whole night.
"We played well enough to win, especially with (Kelsey) Pilant in foul trouble," SHS coach Troy Fougerousse said. "We came in there in the second half and Kiera Samm, Cassie Beck and Kayla Gallagher played wonderful."
The two teams shot almost identical totals from the field. EGHS was 16 for 52 while SHS was 16 for 55.
The two teams were in high numbers in total rebounds with Shakamak taking a 48-33 margin there.
Both teams had three double-digit scorers. For Shakamak it was Pilant with 13, Megan Phipps with 15 and Sierra Hudson with 10. And for Eastern Greene it included Amy Todd with 17, Alex Dubois with 10 and Kym Arthur with 12.
Even with all of this in common between the two teams, it was perhaps the most uncommon happening of the night ultimately provided the final margin swing in favor of the Lady Thunderbirds -- and it unfolded in the final minute of the game.
With Eastern leading by a 42-39 tally with one minute left to play and Shakamak threatening to push the game to the final buzzer, a technical foul call on the Shakamak bench that wasn't a direct result of anything said on the SHS bench ignited a momentum swing in favor of EGHS.
A fan in the stands yelled an obscenity that one of the game officials believed came from the SHS bench. That sent Todd to the foul line.
"From there it was all downhill," Fougerousse said. "We played well enough to win but it got away from us a little bit with the phantom technical call there at the end."
Todd converted both shots, then repeated her success at the charity stripe on the possession that followed.
Her efforts pushed the lead to 46-39 and if it were not for a trey from Phipps a few seconds later, the Lady Lakers would have been shutout over the final segment.
Phipps, who drained 12 of her team-leading tally in the second half, was credited by her coach for helping the Lady Lakers climb back in the game as she sparked a 17-9 run in the third quarter.
While SHS was trying to stop the clock and climb back into the game, Todd and Arthur combined to deliver the final daggers.
A pair of Shakamak turnovers and a missed trey were the only answers for two more free throws from Todd and a pair of free tosses and an easy deuce from Arthur.
"Basketball is a game of runs," Stevens said. "I told our girls that for four years now and we were able to make the run that counted the most."
Shakamak, who dropped to 5-12 overall and 3-4 in SWIAC play travels to Union on Monday night while Eastern Greene, who improved to 6-8 and 4-1 in league play hosts Cascade Saturday at 1 p.m.
In junior varsity action Eastern Greene posted a 27-18 win.
Amanda Butler led EGHS with nine points while Lenzy Hutchison and Miranda Blocher added six, Katie Morguson and Libby Tarr three.
Shakamak was led by Cassie Beck and Federica Arena with six points each followed by Kayla Gallagher with two, Casey Reynolds with three and Diamond Hinkle with one.
SHAKAMAK (42) -- Kelsey Fulford 0-5 0-0 0, Jerri Beck 1-2 0-0 2, Kelsey Pilant 4-13 5-6 13, Megan Phipps 6-20 1-2 15, Sierra Hudson 4-11 2-5 10, Kayla Gallagher 1-3 0-0 2, Kierra Samm 0-1 0-0 0, Cassie Beck 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-55 8-13 42.
EASTERN GREENE (52) -- Amy Todd 4-12 9-10 17, Alex Dubois 2-5 5-8 10, Hannah Resler 4-16 1-2 9, Brooke Butler 0-0 0-0 0, Kym Arthur 4-8 2-2 12, Libby Tarr 0-0 0-0 0, Amanda Butler 0-1 0-0 0, Sierra New 2-10 0-0 4. Totals 16-52 17-22 52.
Shakamak 11 7 17 7 -- 42
Eastern Greene 13 10 9 20 -- 52
3-point shooting -- Shakamak 2-12 (Phipps 2-7, Hudson 0-5), Eastern Greene 3-10 (Arthur 2-4, Dubois 1-1, New 0-3, Resler 0-2). Rebounds -- Shakamak 48 (Phipps 9), Eastern Greene 33 (Resler 6). Steals -- Shakamak 8 (Hudson 3), Eastern Greene 11 (Todd 4). Blocks -- Shakamak 6 (Pilant 3), Eastern Greene 3 (Todd, New, Dubois). Turnovers -- Shakamak 18, Eastern Greene 9. Total fouls -- Shakamak 16, Eastern Greene 11. Fouled out -- Pilant. Technical fouls -- Shakamak bench. Junior varsity -- Eastern Greene 27, Shakamak 18.