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Top: La Salle-Peru sophomore forward Brianna Argubright gets in front of Washington junior Hayley Reneau at the Pontiac Thanksgiving Tournament. Below: La Salle-Peru sophomore guard Anna Konczak tries to disrupt a Washington entry pass to the post.
Despite a slow start in their season opener, the Lady Cavaliers trailed by a point after the first, second and third quarters before the Lady Panthers blew open the game in the fourth quarter.
In all, Washington closed the contest on a 23-4 run over the final 10:45 . “We played well enough to win three quarters but we didn’t finish,” L-P coach Hollis Vickery said. “They played very good defense from the tip to the final buzzer, and we needed to do the same.”
L-P (0-1) did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter and did not make a basket in the final 11:03.
Its four fourth-quarter points came from a pair of free throws from both junior guard Sierra Knirlberger and senior guard Brittany Zawacki.
The Lady Cavs had 31 turnovers, including nine in the fourth quarter.
“We got a little panicked,” Vickery said. “When they got up by six points, I think we tried to make six points up in one basket, and you can’t do that. What we needed to do was just to settle down and execute - which I tried to do with timeouts a couple of times - but we just didn’t. Credit goes to Washington .”
A basket from L-P sophomore Hannah Wolfe gave it a 25-23 lead with 3:03 left in the third quarter, but a 3-point shot by Washington gave it a 26-25 lead after three quarters.
The Lady Panthers (1-0) extended their run into the fourth quarter as they scored 10 more points for a 12-0 rally.
L-P couldn’t catch back up.
“We’re not a bad team, and we just need some experience,” Vickery said. “We had three sophomores out there and four sophomores from time to time. It was just some execution, a few missed layups and getting used to the physical play.”
Eight players scored for L-P, which received a team-high eight points from Mia Porter. Sophomore Ellie Senica added five points and grabbed seven rebounds.
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