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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Healdton girls run out of steam against Lindsay

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  • MARIETTA — After a strong first half, the Healdton Lady Bulldogs appeared to run out of steam in a 41-31 loss to Lindsay in the first round of the Marietta New Year's Classic on Thursday. “I thought the whole first half we played really well,” Healdton coach Mike Phillips said. “A good team like that, No. 1 seed in the tournament, they're going to make a run. So, you've got to kind of meet that intensity. They made a run and we didn't match it.” Lindsay's comeback began with a three-pointer from Morgan Moore and Brittany Lujan aided the comeback with a drive to the lane. She drew a foul and hit both free throws to make it 21-19 Healdton. Lujan stole the ensuing inbound pass and tied the game. She then gave her team a 25-21 lead with two more buckets. Healdton's Abbie Etter stopped the seven-point run with a layup, but Lujan quickly made another basket and was fouled. She missed from the charity stripe, but Lindsay led 27-23. Jessica Kelly hit a three-pointer for the Lady Bulldogs to cut the lead to 27-26, but the Leopardettes' shots kept falling and they led 31-26 heading to the fourth quarter. Healdton had numerous opportunities from offensive rebounds and steals, but failed to convert. Lindsay built a 41-30 lead with 2:42 left. A putback by Healdton's Mikaela Blakemore cut the lead to 41-32. The Lady Bulldogs' tough luck continued on a stolen inbound pass that was wasted on a travel and a moving screen with less than two minutes to play fouled Blakemore out of the game. “We made some good passes and faced the same press they ran in the first half,” Phillips said. “In the first half we handled it, in the second half we got a little tired. It was ourfirst game back from the Christmas break. It was the same pressure, wasn't anything different. We didn't make the shots we were making in the first half. All that stuff adds up to a loss against a good team.” Lujan led all scorers with 18 points, and Lynsie Cantwell led Healdton with 11 points. “Lujan went off and started scoring in the second half,” Phillips said. “We knew when we were talking to people that if she goes off, we were going to be in trouble. We missed too many easy shot. We missed 14 shots in the paint and had 20 turnovers. When you do stuff like that you aren't going to beat an average team, and definitely not a No. 1 seed.” Lindsay 41, Healdton 32 Healdton 9 10 7 6 Lindsay 6 7 18 10 Scorers Healdton: Cara Worsham 2, Morgan Fletcher 8, Lexi Gage 3, Makayla Nipp 2, Lynsie Cantwell 11, Mikaela Blakemore 5, Abbie Etter 4 Lindsay: HaLee Taylor 2, Brittany Lujan 18, Morgan Moore 8, Ellanee Allison 2, Brooklyn Cline 1, Logan Clark 10 Free throws: Lindsay 7-18, Healdton 0-7 Three-pointers: Lindsay 2 (Moore 2), Healdton 4 (Fletcher 2, Gage, Cantwell)

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