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Lady Lions lay an egg against Cardinals
By John Mullen
   Loogootee’s girls had to wait a full three weeks to get to their next opponent due to a Thursday snowfall that postponed a home conference game with Wood Memorial.  
  Bloomfield was in the same predicament as they also had gone 21 days without playing as both teams braved the cold in finding their way to Glover Gymnasium. The temperatures outside may have actually paled in comparison to the frigid shooting the visitors suffered from in a 45-34 defeat.  
  The first quarter told the story as the homestanding Cardinals played with energy running out to an inevitably insurmountable 15-6 advantage. The Lions did manage to trim the lead to under double digits by halftime closing the deficit to 25-18. The third frame was a stalemate as each team scored just three points.  
  However, Bloomfield made a living at the line in the final stanza; in fact, for the game, the hosts swished 20-24 opportunities while Loogootee cashed in just 10-15 at the charity stripe.  
  Tia Pennington led her teammates with a dozen. Waynessa Burch and Taylor Walker both tallied eight. Leading scorer Kelci Mann was held to just four while Wynter Wagoner was kept to an early deuce in the first quarter. The loss dropped the Lady Lions to 7-4 overall while the Cards won their fourth straight propelling them to a 7-5 marker.

Wynter’s wonder lands Lady Lions a ‘W’
By John Mullen
   Tuesday evening was an interesting one in the making as Loogootee put together an unusual girls’ and boys’ varsity doubleheader. The first one, a regularly scheduled gals’ game versus Pike Central, was moved up from 7:00 to 5:45 to accommodate a make-up big boys’ match-up against North Daviess that was snowed out last Friday night.  
  After a non-existent shooting effort on Saturday afternoon at Bloomfield, the Lady Lions came out scorching the nets against a respectable 8-4 Lady Charger outfit. Loogootee’s sophomore sharpshooter Taylor Walker bagged two treys and Wynter Wagoner drained another while Tia Pennington went to work inside for five points as the lead was six, 17-11, after eight minutes of play. Kelci Mann had her way in the second frame as the senior threw in 10 of her team-high 16 tallies. At halftime, the hosts led 31-23.  
  A spirited third quarter charge by Pike Central as they exploded for 22 points in the eight-minute period, allowed them to knot the score at 45 all with one quarter remaining. Two crucial free throws late in the game by Waynessa Burch kept Loogootee in front by three, 56-53. However, the Lady Lions strategy to foul in order to prevent a last-second three-pointer did not come to pass as PC’s Tara Wornica drained a 3 to tie the score. Without a time-out remaining, Wagoner received the inbounds throw-in and raced up the floor in the final eight seconds where she stopped and popped a six-foot wonder shot that hit nothin’ but the bottom of the net for a brilliant 58-56 ending in front of a nice crowd.  
  Besides Mann’s 16, Walker popped for a baker’s dozen, and Wagoner’s hoop gave her 10.  Pennington picked up nine, Burch eight, and Kayla Dant a second stanza deuce off the bench.  Samantha Mitchell led the visitors with 22, Wornica ended with 13, and Taylor Horrall a dozen.
  The Lady Lions take an 8-4 marker into Thursday night’s battle with undefeated and top-ranked Vincennes Rivet. The Lady Patriots devastated Loogootee twice last year at the buzzer, including the sectional semi-final when a controversial Brian Patton-blown free throw lane violation seemed to negate what was shaping up to be a huge upset of a Rivet outfit that ran the tables before losing in overtime at the state finals.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Sophomore Wynter Wagoner makes this last second shot against the visiting Pike Central Lady Chargers to defeat the Chargers 58-56. The Chargers had tied the game with eight seconds left on a three pointer. Wagoner took the end bounds pass coast to coast and made the shot just ahead of the buzzer.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Tia Pennington goes up for the shot uncontested in the Lady Lions game against Pike Central. She had nine points in the game.
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