Kate Gober lays up a shot during the Lady Blues’ 44-40 loss at home to Stephenville Friday evening. Gober finished with a game-high 16 points in the loss. The Lady Blues played in Olney Monday before having a week off from games for Christmas. They return to action Dec. 29 at home against Springtown for a 5:15 tipoff.
Leader photo by Mike Williams
Lady Blues’ comeback falls short, lose to Stephenville
Lady Blues coach Ky Graham did not consider his team an underdog as the team entered Friday’s home game against the then-ranked 4A No. 17 Stephenville Honeybees. The Lady Blues did not look like an unranked team with a losing record as they battled to the last-second in a 44-40 loss.
It was the 3-point basket that proved fatal to the Lady Blues. The first of nine made at the 5:53 mark in the first quarter. The basket, part of a 4-0 run, drew the first Lady Blues timeout of the game.
The Lady Blues responded with five points in a 46-seconds. Hannah Isom jumped a passing lane for a steal and passed up to Maddie Mandela for a 3-pointer. Moments later, it was Katie Coyac, fouled on a second-chance opportunity after grabbing an offensive rebound. Mandela eventually tied the game at 8-8 with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter. It was a free-throw by Jaylee Matthews that made the difference in a 9-8 Honeybees lead after the first quarter.
For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 23 edition of The Graham Leader.