CAYUGA, Ind. — Turnovers may have been the difference when Fountain Central defeated host North Vermillion in girls’ basketball by the score of 42-37.
Mustang head coach Amie Anthrop said her team had been averaging over 30 a game, “but we had only single-digit turnovers tonight.”
Meanwhile, Falcon coach Terry Naylor said, “We turned the ball over too many times to be able to win.”
The game may have hinged on turnovers, but shooting, rebounding and defense as well as poise all played a role at one time or another as the game progressed.
Fountain Central struck early by going inside to Macee Williams. She got a three-point play on a lay-up with just nine seconds gone in the contest.
“I spoke to her before the game,” said Anthrop, “and I told her we had to get going in the post from the start and she did.”
Sierra Grube hit a free throw to put North Vermillion on the board, but Williams answered with a short jumper and another layup to make it 7-1.
The Falcons came back on a pair of treys, one by Shawnacee Bowman and one from Rhiannon Grubbs sandwiched around jumper by Olivia Woodrow off a pass from Morgan for a 9-7.
That series set the tone for the night as Fountain Central would pull ahead then North Vermillion would, reel them back in.
The game was 11-9 after one quarter and the Mustangs got the lead to four only to have the Falcons tie it up at 16-all before a last second lay-up by Mackenzie Hurd put Fountain Central up 18-16 at halftime.
“I think their quickness hurt us and we don’t have anyone to match up with 50 [Macee Williams],” said Naylor. “We tried several things, fronting her, doubling her, but nothing really worked. I finally put Paige [Benskin] on her in the second half and that helped, but they still got her the ball.”