Lady Eagle Baily Rentschler locks arms with Wawaseeâ€™s Kylee Rostochak on a free-throw rebound. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
SYRACUSE â€” Countless hours of practicing free throws paid off for Aubrey Wright Tuesday night at Wawasee.
After taking a 7-0 lead to start the game, the Lady Eagles gave up the lead for the first time in the contest with 17 seconds left to play. Facing a 46-45 deficit, Wright was fouled with 10.9 seconds on the clock and knocked down both shots from the charity stripe to win, 47-46.
Wright led the team in scoring with 15 points and also tallied five steals and six rebounds. Alyssa Hansen also hit a shot from behind the arc, and Emily Whiteleather scored six in the first quarter.
The Lady Eagles had a 7-0 advantage in the first 4:10 of play, as Macie Hinen and Columbia Cityâ€™s defense kept Wawasee from scoring. Hinen was the primary defender for the Lady Warriorsâ€™ top offensive threat, KiLee Knafel.
As Hinen got into foul trouble in the second quarter, Knafel warmed up her shooting hand, scoring 13 of Wawaseeâ€™s 16 points.
Knafel finished the game with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.
The Lady Warriors began their comeback in the third quarter, outscoring Columbia City 14-9.
In the close fourth quarter, Wawasee scored 10 points to the Lady Eaglesâ€™ eight. Wrightâ€™s free throws put the game away in favor or Columbia City, 47-46.
The Lady Eagles are back in action Saturday, hosting Homestead on Down Syndrome Awareness night. Columbia City will be holding a silent auction and will be taking donations for the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana.
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