six-point halftime lead, but ran out of gas in the second half of a
32-27 loss to Miami Trace at Adena High School in a Division II
Southeast District sectional semifinal. Miami Trace (18-3) was led by Jenna Cobb scoring eight points,
along with chipping in four steals. Nancy Coulter added eight points,
eight rebounds and six blocks.
FRANKFORT – Logan Elm (15-6) battled back from its early hole to take a six-point halftime lead, but ran out of gas in the second half of a 32-27 loss to Miami Trace at Adena High School in a Division II Southeast District sectional semifinal.
Miami Trace (18-3) was led by Jenna Cobb scoring eight points, along with chipping in four steals. Nancy Coulter added eight points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
Logan Elm freshman Emily Robinson posted a game-high 10 points. Heather Evans had eight points and eight rebounds, and Alicia Nichols posted seven points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Braves worked out of its early hole with Nichols and Robinson connecting on back to back three-pointers, helping Logan Elm even the score at 9-9 after the first period.
“That was the first three-pointer Nichols has ever shot and she made it,” Logan Elm coach Donna Peters said. “That kind of summed up the game for us. Emily Robinson followed with a couple of big shots, and our girls worked extremely hard to get out of the early hole.
“Our ball movement in the first half was kind of off and on, but our girls were playing tight at times. We have a young team and sometimes we get a little panicky.”
Logan Elm continued to build on its momentum in the second quarter, outscoring Miami Trace 11-5 to take a 20-14 halftime lead.
Evans had a pair of layups for the Lady Braves and Robinson capped the half with a layup off a feed from Lindsay Brokaw.
The fast pace to the game at Adena High School began to wear on Logan Elm in the second half. The Lady Braves tallied just seven points and shot four of 23.
“We definitely got fatigued in the second half,” Peters said. “We only play six to seven girls, and you could tell they were a little tired.
“But at the same time, the girls never backed down and kept playing very hard till the end. I’m very proud of them and the season we’ve had.”
Miami Trace regained the lead for good at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Lady Panthers found Ashley Lawson open for a pair of killer three-pointers that put MT ahead 28-22.
Two baskets inside by Coulter helped to cement the game for the Lady Panthers, which play Circleville Saturday for the sectional championship.
“I knew it was going to come down to the second half and who was going to play more fundamentally sound,” Miami Trace coach James Stutzman said. “And who was going to take care of the basketball.”