In a lake area rivalry match up, the Osage Lady Indians hosted the Versailles Lady Tigers at Henderson Gym on Thursday night. Versailles’ normally aggressive offense took an early lead, but stalled in the second half, allowing the Lady Indians to tie up the game late in the fourth quarter. With seconds left, Versailles took a 42-40 lead, but Osage could not force the game into overtime as the clock ran out.
After the game, Versailles’ coach Mandi Young was relieved.
“We didn’t play our best game,” Young said. “We’ve had some difficulty in finishing games throughout the season; we’ve been ahead and then lose it. Usually our defense is better, and our offense didn’t get after it like we normally do, so I’m glad we could pull out a win.”
Osage came out strong, taking 4-2 lead to begin the game, but Versailles quickly found their footing, scoring five unanswered points before Osage could muster up two more to end the first quarter, 7-6 Versailles.
In the second half, the Lady Tigers went on a scoring run, as Madisen Sherman and Sara Samson combined to lay 17 points on the opposing Osage defense, as Osage’s offense stalled until late in the second quarter. Versailles went in to the half with a 24-11 lead.
After halftime, the Indians came out with all guns firing, and slowly began to work on closing the gap. Versailles’ offense sputtered once again, as Osage only allowed seven points, scoring ten of their own, thanks to an seven point offensive explosion by Osage’s senior Amanda Blaeuer to close out the third quarter with a 31-21 deficit.
Going in to the fourth quarter, Versailles rested on a ten point lead, but Osage came on strong once again, as Daisy Ralston sank a three to start the quarter, and the Indians began to close the gap, finding themselves down by three with two minutes to go. Taylor Davidson would add two points to the board, and Osage was down by one with 1:08 left on the clock.
Akrista Greer would be fouled, and her free throw gave the Lady Tigers a 40-38 lead.
Osage would drive down once again, where Blaeur would find the basket for two more, tying the game with just ten seconds left.
Versailles drove down the court, where Greer was fouled once again. Greer sank both free throws, and with just seconds on the clock, Osage had to get the ball in to tie the game.
Osage drove down, and with Isabel Morris under the basket, Osage had their chance to tie, but the ball fell short, and Versailles would leave with a victory over the Lady Indians.
“Versailles is a great team, but if we had played like we did in the second half in the first half,I think we would win,” Osage Coach Scott Rowland said. “We just didn’t a good job attacking in the first, and it was too little, too late.”
Page 2 of 2 - Now, the Indians prepare to travel to Warsaw on Monday night, while Versailles will play Russellville on Monday.