Bulldogs late rally bites Wolverines
DUGGER - The Dugger Union Lady Bulldogs rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime against visiting White River Valley Tuesday.
And in the extra session Brook Everson’s 3-point dagger and a pair of clutch free throws from Rainy Kinnard completed the comeback effort, 44-41 in overtime.
“All I can say is, ‘Wow!’ Dugger Union coach Anthony McKinney said. “The girls came out and played incredibly hard. They played together, we stuck together and were able to pull out one.”
The Lady Bulldogs received some bad news before the game. Autumn Everson - the Lady Bulldogs starting point guard and Brook’s twin sister - suffered an ACL injury.
“We had some crazy news before the game with Autumn,” McKinney said. “I told the girls in the locker room, ‘We can do one of two things. We can tuck our tails and run. Or we can come together and get a win.’”
WRV was also without the services of one of its top players. Kassi Morrison is out with a torn meniscus.
The Lady Wolverines took a 29-22 lead into the fourth stanza. The margin grew to nine, 35-26 on Addi Graves’ pullup jumper in the lane.
Then Everson hustled for a loose ball and raced in for a layup. Kyndall Foli drilled a 3-pointer from the corner on an inbounds play.
With 1:37 remaining in regulation Everson drilled a three from the left wing to pull the Lady Bulldogs within one, 35-34.
Dugger grabbed the lead 36-35 with a minute to play. Kinnard cut through the lane for a layup. Thirty seconds later she added the front end of the one-and-bonus for a two-point advantage. In the closing seconds WRV’s Claire Hostetter scored inside to knot the score at 37.
Dugger Union got two good looks in the final three seconds but couldn’t get either to go down.
WRV’s Sydney Stahl buried a trey to start off the extra four minutes. Dugger’s Zoe Smith answered with a lay-in off a backdoor cut before Everson’s and Kinnard’s last-minute heroics.
McKinney credited the senior leadership of Everson, Kinnard and Kyndall Foli.
“It was their will,” the Lady Bulldogs coach said. “They didn’t want to lose. And yes we lean heavliy on our senior leadership.”
Neither team had much going offensively early on. The Lady Wolverines finally got going in the last two minutes of the opening quarter.
Addi Graves came up with a steal and layup. Hostetter drove in for two points. Graves scored in transition after Jailyn Lundy’s steal and was fouled. She converted the old-fashioned 3-point play as WRV led 9-5 at the first break.
Dugger suffered through a dry spell of its own in the second stanza. Foli’s bank shot accounted for the Lady Bulldogs’ only points until Mia Marlow scored inside with 1:30 left until halftime.
WRV meanwhile opened a 21-9 lead on Graves’ putback and Hostetter’s fast-break bucket off a steal.
Foli’s second trifecta of the half and Hannah Smith’s free throw cut the Wolverines’ margin to eight, 21-13 at the half.
Turnovers were a major reason the offenses had trouble getting untracked.
Dugger Union turned it over 20 times in the first 16 minutes, WRV 15.
The teams combined for 73 turnovers in the ragged affair.
“We didn’t play well at all,” WRV coach Mark Graves said. “We didn’t come to play, we weren’t prepared to play.
“The girls are going to have to make a decision how they want their season to continue.”
Dugger Union is off to a 2-0 start. The Lady Bulldogs head across the the Wabash to Oblong, Ill. Monday.
White River Valley (0-4) travels to Eminence Thursday.
LADY BULLDOGS 44, LADY WOLVERINES 41, OT
White River Valley 9 12 8 8 4 – 41
Dugger Union 5 8 9 15 7 – 44
WHITE RIVER VALLEY (0-4) – Addi Graves 8 6-8 22, Claire Hostetter 3 2-4 8, Lacey Fisher 1 0-0 2, Sydney Stahl 2 0-0 5, Mattie Thrasher 1 0-2 2, Mia McDonald 0 0-0 0, Lailyn Lundy 0 0-0 0, Hannah Halt 1 0-2 2, McKinley Frye 0 0-0 0, Katryna Zimmerly 0 0-0 0, Samantha Oliver 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-16 41.
3-point goals: Stahl 1. Turnovers 35. Personal fouls 13. Fouled out: None.
DUGGER UNION (2-0) – Brook Everson 3 0-0 8, Rainy Kinnard 4 3-7 11, Hannah Smith 3 1-2 7 Kyndall Foli 4 0-0 11, Zoe Smith 2 0-0 4, Mia Marlow 1 1-2 3. Totals 17 5-11 44.
3-point goals: Foli 3, Everson 2. Turnovers 38. Personal fouls 15. Fouled out: Smith.