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February 7, 2014

Ramblers hold off Patriots

WEST LEBANON, Ind. — There were 5.7 seconds left in the game when Maci Kyger went to the free throw line for a one-and-one for Attica in their game at Seeger..

Her team led 47-45, but if she missed and the Patriots got the rebound, they would have plenty of time to come down and either tie or win the game.

Kyger made both free throws to put the Ramblers up 49-45 and that turned out to be the final score.

Asked about going to the line, Kyger explained what she did.

“I was nervous, but I tried to relax and block everything out. I tried to put arch on the ball – my teammates tell me that every time – and tried to follow through.”

And what about after the shots?

“I trust my teammates and knew we’d stay in front of them [Seeger] on defense so they couldn’t hurry down and score,” she said. “Knowing that helped me block things out up there.”

Attica may have won the game, but it was not an easy victory. It never is when a team plays Seeger with its’ tenacious defense.

The Ramblers took a six-point lead after one quarter at 12-6, but the Patriots came right back to close within a point at 16-15 when Miranda Synesael score five points in two plays.

Attica continued to push their attack and raise the lead, but each time Seeger found an answer and reeled them back in.

At the half, Attica led 22-17 and they raised the margin again to six in the third quarter on baskets by Ashley Mitton.

Seeger’s defense then came into play as they forced two turnovers that led to back-to-back treys by Kiley Swisher and Morgan Rademacher to tie the game at 26-all.

As they had all night, Attica made another run, this one triggered by a basket then a 3-point play by Maci Kyger who scored 26 points on the night. When Karrah Pattengale followed with a short jumper, the Ramblers were up seven and Seeger needed a time out.

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