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Lady Lions fly away from Cardinals

By John Mullen  
Saturday afternoon was sweet for Loogootee as the Lady Lions exacted a 63-31 leftover measure of Blue Chip revenge after last year’s bitter overtime defeat at the hands of Washington Catholic.  
  This time around, Jack Butcher Arena played much kinder than the infamous Bird Cage as the hosts built an early eight-point lead, 15-7, with the aid of seven Kelci Mann tallies.  The second quarter, though, was a struggle as Loogootee only managed to outscore the Lady Cardinals 8-7 upping the margin at intermission to nine, 23-14.  However, Wynter Wagoner and an aggressive trapping defense went to work in the third frame as the Lady Lions jumped out in front 45-21 and coasted to what eventually ended as a 32-point blowout.  Wagoner made nine of her game-high 18 in the third period; she was joined in double figures by Mann who finished with 13, Tia Pennington’s dozen, and Waynessa Burch’s 10.  Taylor Walker scored five, Brooke Nonte three, and Kayla Dant a deuce. Audra Lannan played in three of the four quarters but did not score. Rachel Wichman recorded more than half of her team’s output with 17 markers.  
  The Lady Lions would like nothing more than to reach the Christmas break and halfway point of the season with eight wins in 10 contests. At 6-2, they have a road test at Washington on Thursday and home game Saturday versus White River Valley waiting in the wings as 2009 comes to a close. Last time around, the Lions roared against a talented WHS squad but fell to a very good WRV team on the road.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Junior Tia Pennington with the ball against Washington Catholic in a Blue Chip Conference game held last Saturday afternoon at Jack Butcher Arena. Pennington finished with 11 points in the Lions’ 63-31 win.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Wynter Wagoner takes the rebound during game play.
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