Lady Cards come up short against conference leader
BLOOMFIELD -- North Daviess clinched no worse than a tie for the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference title with a 33-27 victory over Bloomfield here Tuesday night in a conference battle.
The Lady Cougars improved to 7-0 in league play and 15-3 overall with their sixth consecutive victory.
Bloomfield had its three-game losing streak snapped, falling to 7-11, finishing 4-4 in the conference.
North Daviess outscored the host Cardinals 14-5 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Cougars made 9 of 13 free throws in the final eight minutes while BHS was 0-for-1.
"We played really solid defense and was up by three to four points most of the game," said BHS coach Chris Hitchcock. "We executed our game plan to a T with the exception of the last two minutes.
"They were able to get to the foul line and score with the clock stopped. (Sabra) Smith did most of the damage, making 6 of 8 free throws. We had our chances, but we had a couple of unforced turnovers and a wide open look to take the lead that wouldn't go down. We had a breakaway where we clearly had it, but they called a hold and we weren't in the bonus. That would have put us up by five."
Smith led the winners with 21 points. Taylor Mallett added seven.
Alicia Hasler made three, 3-pointers and finished with 10 points, leading Bloomfield. Emily Bucher added seven points.
"We played some pretty darn good defense against a good team," said Hitchcock. "We have played four really good games in a row defensively, winning three.
"We had our chances, but did not execute as well as we needed to and let this one get away. But we have come a long way in the last month. I am so proud of the girls."
In the junior varsity game, North Daviess won 19-16.
Averi Workman scored seven points for the Lady Cardinals. Madison Toon scored three points and Mariah Long, Aubrey Adams and Kylee Moody each scored two points. Emily Bucher, Meaghan Bond, Marisa McIntosh, Shelby Patton and Cheyenne Wikle also played.
North Daviess will play its final conference game Thursday, Jan. 31 at Eastern Greene.
Bloomfield will play Monday at Owen Valley.
NORTH DAVIESS (33) -- Sabra Smith 5 8-12 21, Brooke Moore 1 1-2 3, Taylor Mallett 3 1-2 7, Meghan Knepp 0 2-2 2, Larynda Keith 0 0-1 0, Sarah Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0, Abby Hollis 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 12-19 33.
BLOOMFIELD (27) -- Cheyenne Wikle 0 0-0 0, Emily Bucher 1 5-8 7, Alicia Hasler 3 1-2 10, Elena Weddle 1 0-0 3, Kristin Hall 2 0-0 5, Marissa McIntosh 0 0-0 0, Kari Schulte 1 0-0 2, Shelby Patton 0 0-0 0, Averi Workman 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 6-10 27.
North Daviess 7 4 8 14 -- 33
Bloomfield 6 10 6 5 -- 27
3-pointers -- North Daviess 3 (Smith 3), Bloomfield 5 (Hasler 3, Hall, Weddle). Fouls -- North Daviess 11, Bloomfield 18. Fouled out -- None.