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Hatchets chop Lady Lions
By John P. Mullen
  Loogootee’s gals stumbled badly during an eight-minute stretch and that was all host Washington needed on Thursday evening as they hung a tough loss on the Lady Lions 49-44.   
  The Hatchet House was not so friendly for the home team in the first half as Loogootee ran out to a seven-point lead after the first frame, 11-4, and the margin was the same, 21-14, when the halftime buzzer sounded.  
  The entire starting line-up for the visitors had found the basket in some way, shape, or form, led by Kelci Mann’s eight markers.  
  Meanwhile, WHS made just six baskets in the opening sixteen minutes, but the offensive flow changed quickly in the third stanza when five different players had hoops for Washington.  Olivia Brashear was the main culprit, as she piled up nine of her team-high 16 in an explosive 20 point quarter for the other black and gold.  
  Mann almost matched her with seven of her own, but teammate Wynter Wagoner was the only other Lady Lion who managed to put the biscuit in the basket as the Lady Hatchets grabbed a 34-30 lead.  Tia Pennington provided three buckets (the last one giving her squadron their last lead of the night, 40-36), Waynessa Burch four charity tosses, and Mann another four points in the last at-bat for a total of 14, but Brashear and Claire Hatton both stuck timely one-and-bonus free throws in the last seconds to stave off the visitors.  Mann recorded 19, Pennington and Burch eight each, Wagoner a half-dozen, and Taylor Walker drained one three.  
  The Lady Lions have won six games and lost three overall.
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