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February 12, 2014

Ramblers, Falcons out of sectional

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Attica kept the contest within four points as the final quarter started, but slowly the Rambler fouls mounted and the Knights began to go to the line in the double bonus.

Central Catholic did not do a great job from the line hitting only about 50 percent, but Attica simply could not score on several possessions and the Knights pulled away.

Harmeson liked how his team handled those final minutes despite not making as many shots as they needed.

“I thought we did a good job in lengthening the game,” he said. “We never gave up – there was no quit in this team and that came from our four seniors: Kaylynn, Maci, Ashley and Chelsey.”

The second game of the night looked as if it might be a blowout as North Vermillion scored the first nine points of the game and did not allow Turkey Run on the board until almost four minutes had run off the clock.

Trailing 13-2, the visiting Warriors outscored the Falcons 12-6 in the next four minutes to close the gap to 19-14 at the half.

They scored the first five points of the third quarter to tie the game at 19-all with three minutes gone. Sierra Grube made a free throw, Taylen Balding hit a jumper as did Rhiannon Grubbs to put the Falcons back in the lead.

The Grubbs jumper gave North Vermillion its last lead in the game as Turkey Run closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run to lead 29-24.

Her team may have been behind, but Balding, the lone senior on the Falcon squad, did all she could to avoid having this be her final game.

She played hard, deflecting passes, grabbing rebounds and shooting jumper, but in the end, she and her teammates could not close the gap and Turkey Run won 37-30.

It was the third win in four games for the Warriors and coming back from the 13-2 deficit did not surprise Turkey Run head coach Jeff Thompson.

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