OAKLAND CITY - Wood Memorial's girls' basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 43-37 loss to Springs Valley Tuesday evening.
Springs Valley (7-7) jumped out to a 10-3 lead midway through the first quarter, behind a pair of Kyra Harrell 3-pointers. The Blackhawks continued to build their lead at 15-5 early in the second period, before Wood Memorial landed on their feet.
"I just didn't think we came out ready to play tonight," Wood Memorial coach Johnnie Bartley said. "I wish I knew why. I don't know if it wasn't being in school today, or what. I have no idea."
The Trojans (6-7) fought back with an 11-2 run in the second quarter to cut the Blackhawks lead to 17-16, but never inched any closer. Lexi Lashbrook scored five of her game-high 12 points in the second as Wood Memorial outscored Springs Valley 11-6, despite still trailing 19-16 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Blackhawks went on an 8-0 run, pushing their lead to 27-18 thanks to four-straight points from Alanna Nelson. Wood Memorial bounced back with a 6-2 spurt to close the quarter, and quickly went into catch-up mode for the remainder of the contest.
Back-to-back baskets from Sydney Lamar and Madison Frederick made it 34-30 with 3:24 to play, and the Trojans cut it to a two-point lead on a Kylie Hicks bucket after a steal with 48 seconds to go, but the Blackhawks sealed the game with four clutch free throws down the stretch.
Opportunities were in abundance for the Trojans offense to take off, and for Wood Memorial to overtake Springs Valley, but it never materialized.
"There were moments when I thought we would get going, and then they (Springs Valley) made a play," Bartley said. "Our defense got our offense going, we were just never able to sustain it."
Frederick added eight points for Wood Memorial, while Lamar had six. Stevie McNew led Springs Valley with 11.
The Trojans return to action Thursday at Loogootee at 7 p.m.