by Gary Andrews
The Southwood Lady Knight basketball team suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday in a 51-39 loss to Oak Hill on the road.
Southwood led at the first two stops before a turnover plagued second half did them in.
Amy Bowman got the scoring started with two free throws and with the Knights leading 8-4 after buckets from Brooke Elliott and Katie Stouffer, Oak Hill would hit five straight free throws to take an 11-10 lead. Trailing 13-10 after two more Eagle free throws and two Knights on the bench with foul trouble, Abby Houlihan would come off the bench to hit two straight buckets and give Southwood a 14-13 lead. After an Oak Hill bucket, Elliott would connect with 15 seconds remaining and the Knights led 16-15 after one.
Bowman would connect again to start the second quarter and after an Eagle three the game was tied at 18. Emilie Harnish would then hit from behind the arch to put the Knights back up and after an Oak Hill bucket and buckets from Houlihan and Meranda Friend, Southwood led 25-20. Oak Hill would answer with a three to make it 25-23. Haley Heath would convert one free throw, while the Eagles hit two and Southwood led 26-25 at the half.
Southwood would get off to a good start in the third before things went south. Katie Stouffer would give the Knights a 28-25 lead and after an Amy Bowman bucket they led 30-27. The Knights would not find the bucket again for the next five minutes as Oak Hill scored 12 straight points to take a 39-30 lead. Haley Heath ended the drought with a bucket with .45 left, but Oak Hill answered and led the Knights 41-32 with a quarter to go.
Oak Hill would play milk the clock in the fourth while the Knights tried to play catch up, with the Knights only converting two buckets and two free throws in route to their 51-39 loss.
The Knights shot 17 of 41, 1 of 4 from behind the arch. Southwood was out rebounded 20-32.
Coach Dallas Duggan " We got mentally tired in the third quarter. We played hard and had looks, but turnovers ate us alive in the second half".
Amy Bowman led Southwood with 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist, 4 steals. Haley Heath had 6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assist, 2 steals. Abby Houlihan had 6 points, 2 assist. Katie Stouffer had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 4 blocks. Brooke Elliott had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 block. Emilie Harnish had 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block. Meranda Friend had 2 points, 1 steal.
The junior varsity fell 34-30 in overtime.
Taylor Heath led with 12 points. Ashley Parson added 6, Kelly Schmidt 4, Danielle Pegg 4, Makenna Dawes 2, Kassidy Atwood 2.
Parson and Heath led in rebounding with 4 each. Dawes had 3 assist, Heath 5 steals.