Lady Lions beat Hartley, 63-61


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com



CELEBRATING GOOD TIMES — The Lady Lions celebrate after defeating Bishop Hartley Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 63-61. (l-r); Hannah Haithcock, Emily Semler (white long sleeved shirt), Maddy Garrison is hugging Shawna Conger (who shot the winning basket), Tabby Woods (front left), Kassidy Hines (to the right of Shawna and Maddy), Halli Wall (back right), Maddy Jenkins (braided hair) and Rayana Burns.


Photo by Maggi Wall

The Washington Lady Blue Lions stepped out of conference Saturday for a road game at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus.

The Lady Lions rallied to defeat the Hawks, 63-61 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

It was the first loss for the Hawks, who are now 4-1 overall.

Washington junior Hannah Haithcock led her team with 25 points.

Sophomore Shawna Conger scored 21, including hitting all four of the team’s three-point field goals.

Sophomore Rayana Burns added six points.

For Bishop Hartley, senior Kennedy Taylor poured in a game-high 37 points.

The Hawks led 22-15 at the end of the first quarter.

By halftime, it was 30-27, Hartley.

The Lady Lions outscored the Hawks, 21-14 in the third quarter for a 49-44 Washington lead.

Haithcock knocked down two clutch free throws with 10 seconds to go in the game to tie the score. Burns put pressure on the ball and got a steal and passed it ahead to Conger. Conger made a lay-up as time expired.

“I was very impressed with the way the girls handled adversity throughout the game,” Washington head coach Samantha Leach said. “Several of our players were in foul trouble and we had to adjust to how the refs were making calls.

“Each one of our kids stepped up tonight,” Leach said. “Everyone in the book scored.

“Hartley is a very good team,” Leach said. “They have a lot of size, and their guard play is strong. No. 11, Taylor, is extremely talented.

“Hannah’s ability to knock down two free throws, being down two, with 10 seconds to go, says a lot about her,” Leach said. “She, as well as the rest of our team, was determined to win.”

“The ending of the game was about as exciting as it gets,” Leach said. “These girls really put up a fight out there. I’m very proud of LLB tonight.”

Washington will host Frontier Athletic Conference opponent Jackson Wednesday with the j-v game at 5:30 p.m.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

W 15 12 21 15 — 63

BH 22 8 14 17 — 61

WASHINGTON — Rayana Burns 3-0-6; Bre Taylor 1-0-2; Kassidy Hines 1-2-4; Tabby Woods 1-0-2; Halli Wall 1-0-2; Shawna Conger 4 (4)-1-21; Maddy Jenkins 0-1-1; Hannah Haithcock 10-5-25. TOTALS — 21 (4)-9-63. Free throw shooting: 9 of 20 for 45 percent. Three-point field goals: Conger, 4.

BISHOP HARTLEY — Lindsay Dunlap 1-0-2; Amaiah Jones 2-0-4; Chiamaka Nwokolo 1-2-4; Kennedy Taylor 8 (3)-11-37; Milayan Williams 1-3-5; Jordan Kaylor 2-0-4; Israel Strickland 2-1-5. TOTALS 18 (3)-16-61. Free throw shooting: 17 of 32 for 53 percent. Three-point field goals: Taylor, 3.

CELEBRATING GOOD TIMES — The Lady Lions celebrate after defeating Bishop Hartley Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 63-61. (l-r); Hannah Haithcock, Emily Semler (white long sleeved shirt), Maddy Garrison is hugging Shawna Conger (who shot the winning basket), Tabby Woods (front left), Kassidy Hines (to the right of Shawna and Maddy), Halli Wall (back right), Maddy Jenkins (braided hair) and Rayana Burns.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/12/web1_Lady-Lions-celebrate-after-beating-Hartley-12-9-2017.jpgCELEBRATING GOOD TIMES — The Lady Lions celebrate after defeating Bishop Hartley Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 63-61. (l-r); Hannah Haithcock, Emily Semler (white long sleeved shirt), Maddy Garrison is hugging Shawna Conger (who shot the winning basket), Tabby Woods (front left), Kassidy Hines (to the right of Shawna and Maddy), Halli Wall (back right), Maddy Jenkins (braided hair) and Rayana Burns. Photo by Maggi Wall

By Chris Hoppes

choppes@aimmediamidwest.com