Hillsboro Lady Indians win in dramatic fashion

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

There were plenty of ebbs and flows in the SCOL match-up Saturday between the Washington Lady Blue Lions and the visiting Hillsboro Indians.

Hillsboro's Kaylynn Bell hit a three-point field goal at the buzzer, forcing overtime.

In the overtime, both teams had their chances, but it was Hillsboro coming away with a 57-56 victory.

Hillsboro improves to 9-10 overall, 3-7 in the SCOL.

Washington dips to 10-9 overall, 5-5 in the SCOL.

Junior Emma Anderson scored 11.ble figures, led by junior Kaylynn Bell with 18 points.

Sophomore Madison Snyder had 15 points and junior Kirsten Juillerat had 14.

“This is the first time we've beaten a team with a winning record in a long time,” Hillsboro head coach J.R. Moberly said. “This is the kind of win we've been looking for. We've been battling, trying to find this kind of win for our kids so that they understand that, hey, we can win these close games.”

“We've played a lot of good teams closely,” Moberly said. “We've had opportunities to win a lot of games, but we haven't figured out how to get over the hump and today they figured it out.

“Kaylynn made a couple of clutch shots,” Moberly said. “We had some j-v kids step up and play well. I'm really pleased with the kids and the progress they've made. It's a great win for us. Court House is a very good team. We're excited about this win.”

“We had so many opportunities to win it,” Washington head coach John Persinger said. “Then again, you have to think how fortunate we were to be in it. We were down by 13 (in the third quarter).

Washington held an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Hillsboro won the second quarter, 12-3 to take a 22-14 halftime lead.

It was status quo in the third quarter (12-12) leaving the Indians with a 34-26 third quarter lead.

Washington made up the difference in the fourth quarter as Chaffins scored 11 points and the team scored 23 to 15 for Hillsboro.

Things got really exciting late in the fourth quarter as Washington crept ever closer.

Chaffins hit two free throws and then got a steal and was fouled, making two more free throws to give Washington a 45-42 lead with 1:28 remaining in regulation.

Washington continued to make it to the free throw line.

Emily Bath made a free throw and Anderson made 2 of 2 to give the Lady Lions a 48-42 lead.

Hillsboro hit the next two field goals to make it a two-point game, 48-42.

Chelsea Warning made one of two free throws for Washington and Hillsboro took a time out with 12.8 seconds to play.

Hillsboro then turned the ball over and committed a foul. Washington missed both attempts, leaving the lead at three points with 5.5 seconds to play.

The Indians inbounded the ball to Bell, who made it past half-court and launched a shot that was good, tying the game 49-49 at the buzzer, sending the contest into overtime.

There was no scoring in the first minute-and-a-half of overtime.

Hillsboro scored the first five points, taking a 54-49 lead.

Chaffins converted the old-fashioned three-point play and Morgan Harper hit two free throws, tying the game 54-54.

Hillsboro took a time out with 38.3 seconds to play.

Bell made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 55-54.

Anderson went to the line and made 2 of 2 for a 56-55 Washington lead.

After a frenetic play that had the ball going first one way, and then the other, Bell scored again for the 57-56 victory.

Hillsboro is at East Clinton Wednesday and at McClain Thursday.

Washington hosts McClain Wednesday for Senior Night.

HHS - 10 12 12 15 8 — 57

WHS - 11 3 12 23 7 — 56

Hillsboro — Alyssa Sullivan 0-0-0; Faith Middleton 1-0-2; Hope Tira 0-0-0; Madison Snyder 7-1-15; Trista Rhodes 2-0-4; Erin Hagan 0-0-0; Hannah Kibler 1-2-4; Kaylynn Bell 4 (2)-4-18; Kirsten Juillerat 6-2-14; Tyeika Cumberland 0-0-0. TOTALS — 20 (2)-9-57.

Washington — Emma Anderson 2-7-11; Jaycie McRoberts 0-5-5; Emily Bath 2-1-5; Carleigh Chaffins 5 (2)-12-28; Chelsea Warning 1-1-3; Morgan Harper -2-2-; Tori Merritt 1-0-2; Bailey Jenkins 0-0-0. TOTALS — 11 (2)-28- 56.