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Lady Lions lean on Bulldogs
   
   Loogootee remained undefeated inside Jack Butcher Sports Arena on Tuesday night as the Lady Lions survived a serious scare from the Orleans Bulldogs 43-40.  The game was close throughout, although the hosts did manage to build their biggest lead of the contest, 38-31, with just under four minutes remaining in the contest.  
   Tia Pennington’s inside hoop beat the first quarter horn as Loogootee took the lead after eight minutes, 14-13.  A basket by Kelci Mann prior to intermission kept the Lions in front 23-21.  By halftime, the aforementioned junior and senior post players had combined for 15 of the 23 tallies.  Taylor Walker’s two treys in the first period as well as Wynter Wagoner’s deuce during that time frame accounted for the other eight points on the board.  Walker stroked another 3 in the third stanza to go with buckets from Mann, Pennington, and Waynessa Burch as LHS stoked themselves to a five-point cushion 33-28 heading into the last eight minutes.  
  Walker’s career-high fourth three-pointer of the evening at 3:46 made the score 38-31; however, the final few minutes between the two schools was a real barn-burner as the Bulldogs chomped away at the lead.  Coach Dave Smith elected to try and spread the floor in order to run as much time off the clock as possible, and the strategy eventually paid off as Walker and Wagoner both drained 2-2 free throws in the waning seconds.  Walker’s came with under a minute to go in the game as she increased her team’s lead to 41-38.  The Lady Lions committed a foul out front giving Orleans a chance to make two charity tosses, but Wagoner was able to seal the deal with just one second remaining as she calmly stuck two more free tosses to end the nip-tuck affair.  
  Walker led with 14, Pennington put in a dozen, and Mann 11 to give the Lady Lions three in double figures.  Wagoner scored four and Burch’s lone two-pointer came in the third.  Meanwhile, the ‘Dogs showed great balance in defeat as the five who scored for them registered ten, nine, eight, seven, and six points respectively.  At 4-1, Loogootee is off to their best start since the stellar 2004-05 campaign.  
  Staring down at them, though, is their Thursday night opponent, the highly-touted Barr-Reeve Lady Vikings.  That contest is a varsity only to tip off on Kavanaugh Kourt at 7:00 p.m.
Lion senior Waynessa Burch dribbles around the Orleans defender during game play December 1.
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