OAKLAND CITY — Two scoring droughts which totaled 14 minutes, 8 seconds aided in a loss for the Wood Memorial girls basketball team Saturday night.
The Lady Trojans were held scoreless for 6:39 in the second quarter and another 7:29 at the end of the third, into the fourth frame which resulted in a 46-38 loss to visiting Springs Valley.
Peyton Shoultz scored with 7:27 left in the first half to pull the Lady Trojans even at 19 before the first drought.
A Madison Frederick free throw with 48 ticks left in the half ended a 10-0 by the Lady Hawks.
The second and most costly drought came after Kylie Hicks knocked down a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left in the third period. The triple capped a 10-0 Lady Trojans run which gave the team a 36-35 lead — their first since leading 17-16 in the final minute of the opening eight minutes of play.
“We faded there in the second quarter and got ourselves down but we worked back and got the lead there late in the third quarter,” Lady Trojans coach Johnnie Bartley said. “It looked like we were starting to settle in again but we come back with a 2-point fourth quarter. You are not going to win any basketball games when you only score two points in the fourth quarter.”
A drive by Frederick ended the slide with 1:29 remaining in the game and pulled the Lady Trojans to within 45-38.
But turnovers proved to be the final undoing for Wood Memorial.
The Lady Trojans defense forced three straight turnovers of their own, only to give the ball back to Springs Valley each time.
“Just too many turnovers there late and not being able to make many plays when we needed to,” Bartley stated. “But we will grow from this and hopefully get better.”
The hosts also could not buy a bucket over the final eight minutes of play.
Wood Memorial missed its first seven shots from the field and then missed five more in the final 90 seconds.
“We got some good shots and had some nice looks around the basket, but we just could not get them to fall,” the Lady Trojans coach said. “We had some wide-open looks and you have to be able to hit those shots and we just could not do it.”
The Lady Trojans finished the game shooting 14-for-39 from the field (36 percent).
Wood Memorial jumped out to a fast start with an early 8-4 lead on a 3-pointer from Hicks with 5:27 left in the opening frame.
But Ellison Burton hit triples of her own on three straight possessions, quickly gave the Hawks a 13-8 advantage.
“That was really frustrating because we knew that’s what they like to do,” Bartley said of the three-straight 3-pointers allowed. “Our two defenders out there on those plays just got lost.”
Burton scored a game-high 16 points in the win.
Cleo Dennison and Sydney Laman led the scoring for the Trojans with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Lamar added a team-high six rebounds.
Hicks finished with eight points, four assists and four steals.
Peyton Shoultz and Frederick, who scored 12 points apiece in the Lady Trojans’ win on Thursday, combined for just seven points on Saturday. Frederick was hampered most of the game with foul trouble.
Springs Valley, who moved up to No. 10 in the latest Class A polls, outrebounded the Trojans, 30-20.
The Trojans reserve team picked up a 21-17 win in overtime. Lucy Schwomeyer made a pair of buckets in the first 90 seconds of the extra session for the only points in overtime.
Things do not get any easier for Wood Memorial (1-1) as it travels to Class 2A No. 7 Vincennes Rivet on Saturday to open Blue Chip Conference play.
LADY HAWKS 46, LADY TROJANS 38
Springs Valley 19 10 8 9 — 46
Wood Memorial 17 5 14 2 — 38
SPRINGS VALLEY (1-0) — Jewel McCormick 6-10 1-2 13, Kennedy Land 4-7 1-2 10, Ellison Burton 5-9 3-4 16, Avy Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Yesenia Gilmore 0-3 0-0 0, Keira Warren 0-0 0-0 0, Chloe Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Shakira Harford 3-9 1-3 7. Totals: 18-39, 6-11 46.
WOOD MEMORIAL (1-1) — Kylie Hicks 3-9 0-0 8, Aubree Speicher 0-1 2-4 2. Madison Frederick 1-2 1-2 3, Sydney Lamar 4-11 2-2 10, Bridget Reel 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Shoultz 2-4 0-0 4, Cleo Dennison 4-11 1-2 11, Kaitlyn Jarboe 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 14-39 6-10 38.
3-pointers: Springs Valley 4-7 (Burton 3, Land); Wood Memorial 4-14 (Hicks, Dennison 2). Rebounds: Springs Valley 30 (McCormick 7); Wood Memorial 20 (Lamar 6). Turnovers: Springs Valley 17; Wood Memorial 16. Fouls: Springs Valley 14; Wood Memorial 15.