For Osage seniors Amanda Blaeuer and Mikaella Dullard , it would be their last night playing basketball in Henderson Gymnasium.
For the Eldon Lady Mustangs, it was another victory as they prepared to go into districts.
“Osage is a pretty good rivalry for us, and we always end up playing each other close,” Coach Tony Pace said. “Their record is very deceiving. They play a lot of close games, so I expected that. I was hoping we could get a bigger lead than that earlier, but it worked out well for us.”
After the seniors’ farewell ceremony, the two teams took to the court in a battle between two Tri-County squads. The Lady Mustangs were the favorite in the Thursday night match-up, holding an impressive 17-4 record in the regular season.
“We got in foul trouble, like our last three games, and we’re not the deepest of teams, so subbing people out isn’t a recipe for success for us,” Coach Scott Rowland said after the game. “They went to the line and hit their free throws, and we were too far down at the end to make a difference. “
Eldon looked to be on the way to their 18th win of the season in the first quarter, scoring 18 points while holding the Lady Indians to just nine points.
Osage, however, began to mount a comeback in the second, scoring 17 points to trail Eldon 27-26 at the end of the first half.
In the third quarter, Osage would take their first lead of the game after Isabel Morris laid the ball in for two. Morris and the Indians would continue to score, eventually leading 39-32. Eldon would regain their composure before the end of the third, scoring nine more points to trail 42-41 at the end of the third.
Sara Rhine would find the net in the beginning of the fourth to retake the lead, and the Lady Mustangs would widen the gap, taking a 56-44 lead before running off the clock. Osage would use the final minutes to score nine points, with Daisy Ralston sinking a three at the buzzer, but the Mustangs’ resurgence in the fourth quarter would lead them to a 60-53 victory over the Lady Indians, giving Eldon an 18-4 record.
“Coach Rowland did a good job getting them ready for what they needed to do against our defense,” Pace said. “In the second half, we made some adjustments and shut down some of their offense. When we can play a game like this, it pays off.”
Eldon would then go on to face Versailles on the road on Friday night, and despite a tough matchup, the Lady Mustangs emerged the victors after a 66-52 win over the Tigers.
Eldon: Sara Rhine, 15 pts., Treva Hankey, 15 pts., Ashley Hogan, 9 pts., Becca Lasson, 8 pts., Jordyn Schmidt, 5 pts., Hannah Green, 2 pts.
Page 2 of 2 - Osage: Isabel Morris, 21 pts., Monica Cisar, 11 pts., Mackenzie Depee, 6 pts., Daisy Ralston, 6 pts. Amanda Blaeuer,4 pts., Taylor Davidson, 3 pts.