Lady Spoilers prey on Eagles
Grafton girls secure first win at home
The Grafton girls basketball team picked up their first win of the 2013-14 season over the North Border Eagles in an exciting game last Thursday in Grafton.
Emma Suda led all scorers with 13 points followed by Megan Osowski with 12. North Border’s Ari Berg led the Eagles with 11 and Erin Greendahl had 10.
The Spoilers led the entire game after a 4-4 tie was broken early in the first quarter. Grafton came out early with a three-quarter press that kept the Eagles on their toes throughout most of the game. The Spoilers scrappy defense highlighted a quickness to the ball and created disruptions to the Eagles passing lanes.
Grafton took a 16-10 lead after the first quarter and extended the score to 27-20 by halftime. Suda collected nine of her 13 points in the first half.
The Spoilers possessed a 39-30 lead late in the third quarter until the Eagles’ Greendahl hit a 3-point shot at the end of the quarter to close the score to 39-33.
The fourth quarter opened with a 3-point shot by Madison Johnson and then a 2-point basket by Morgan Mathison to pull the Eagles within one at 39-38. The Spoilers answered with a basket by Jessica Burns and two back-to-back buckets by Osowski which made the score 45-38. Soon after the Spoilers increased their lead by nine to make the score 49-40, but the Eagles then hit a 2-point basket by Johnson followed by a 3-point shot by Berg to cut the lead to four. Jillian Hanson was then fouled with 1:19 remaining in the game and hit both free throws to put the Spoilers up by six at 51-45.
After a timeout called by coach Dave Johnson with 49.1 seconds remaining, the Eagles’ Greendahl hit a 3-pointer to cut the score to three. Suda was fouled on the inbounds pass but missed the first free throw allowing the Eagles to rebound the ball. After a couple of missed shots on the ensuing possession by the Eagles, Johnson called timeout again with 12.7 seconds remaining. North Border set up a play again for Greendahl, who put up a 3-point shot but was short and rebounded by Jaden Hanson, who passed to Jillian Hanson and then intentionally fouled by Hannah Johnson to stop the clock with four seconds remaining. Jillian Hanson hit both free throws to put the Spoilers up 53-48. With the intentional foul, the Spoilers also got the ball at the half-court line. On the inbounds pass a jump ball was called and the Eagles possession ended the game with Grafton winning by a final score of 53-48.
“I thought the girls consistently battled for four quarters. We made some strides defensively and gained some confidence tonight by attacking more offensively. It was a nice step forward for our team,” said Grafton’s coach Laurie Sieben.