by Gary Andrews
On a horrid shooting night, the Wabash Lady Apaches suffered their second loss of the season Tuesday, falling to Oak Hill 41-40.
Things looked good at the start when Jaclyn Lewis hit and after a Claire Cromer three the game was tied at 5, but with 3:00 to go, someone put a lid on the Apache bucket as they shot just 2 of 14 for the quarter and trailed 12-6 after one.
The shooting woes would continue for Wabash in the second, as the Lady Apaches didn’t find the bucket until 3:36 left when Kyleigh Hampton hit from behind the arch and a minute later Lewis hit again. The good news was Oak Hill was struggling also and Wabash trailed just 14-11. After an Eagle bucket, Lyndsie Thomas would hit two free throws to make it 16-13. Oak Hill would make one last push, scoring with 3 seconds left on the clock and led Wabash 18-13 at the half.
After shooting just 4 of 25 in the first half, Wabash would look to regroup in the second. Lyndsie Thomas would match free throws with the Eagles to start the third quarter, but with the score at 21-15 Oak Hill would connect from behind the arch to open a 24-15 lead. Thomas would then connect on a spin move that was followed by a Claire Cromer bucket to cut the Oak Hill lead to 24-19. Oak Hill would answer, building their lead back to nine points at 34-25. Thomas would then hit her third bucket of the quarter and the Apaches trailed 34-27 with a quarter to go.
Picking up the pace to start the fourth quarter, the Lady Apaches started to chip away at the Eagles. At 35-28 Thomas and Lewis would get buckets, followed by a Cromer three and just like that the score was tied at 35. On four free throws the Eagles had a 39-37 lead and the ball with 1:19 left when Wabash forced an over and back. Claire Cromer would then drive to the bucket, making an acrobatic shot while being fouled with 17.7 left. Cromer would then convert the three-point play, giving Wabash their first lead of the game 40-39. After a defensive scramble, Oak Hill had the ball and scored with 5.5 on the clock to take the lead back 41-40. The Apaches would take the ball out of bounds with Cromer driving the length of the court, but the shot fell short and so did the Apaches 41-40.
Wabash shot just 8 of 38 from the field.
Leading Wabash was Lyndsie Thomas with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assist, and 2 steals. Claire Cromer added 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 3 steals. Jaclyn Lewis had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block. Kyleigh Hampton had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 4 blocks. Kristyn Ford had 1 rebound. Shelby Stone had 1 rebound, 1 assist. Sarah Ritter had 1 assist. Katie McCauley had 1 rebound.
Wabash won the junior varsity game 23-11.
Madison Barden led with 8 points. Katie McCauley added 5, Cailey Beauchamp 4, Jaycee Parrett 4, Syndic Mullett 2.