What's the old saying? It doesn't matter how good or bad you look winning, the only thing that matters is that you won.
Saturday afternoon though the Lady Lions didn't shoot well from the field. They did hit the shots that matter though especially in the final 8 minutes of the game & it was enough to earn them a hard fought win over Hillsboro.
The victory puts Washington at 11-6 overall & 6-3 in the SCOL with games Wednesday night at 2nd place Miami Trace & next Saturday afternoon at 1st place Clinton-Massie.
Washington led after the 1st 8 minutes of the contest 14-13 despite shooting 3 of 19 from the field. They led thanks to their defense that forced the Lady Indians into 8 turnovers which Washington converted into 5 free throws. In fact Washington was 7 of 7 from the charity stripe in the 1st quarter.
Hillsboro shot 4 of 15 in the 1st period & was 4 of 6 from the free throw line.
Hillsboro took the lead in the 2nd period & led 22-21 at the half. They then led 29-27 going final quarter as both teams poor shooting continued as Washington shot 18% in the first 3 period (9 of 50) & Hillsboro was at 25% (10 of 40).
The final period turned things around as Washington came out firing & the shots that refused to drop in the 1st 3 quarters finally started going in (8 of 12) while Hillsboro weren't (1-14).
The Lady Lions outscored Hillsboro 22-8 in the final quarter to preserve the victory.
Washington finished shooting 17 of 62 (including 2 of 9 on threes) for 27.4% from the field & was 13 of 17 at the free throw line.
Hillsboro was 11 of 54 (0-5 on 3s) for 20.3% & was 12 of 17 at the free throw line.
Washington had about a 2-1 margin over the Lady Indians in rebounding. Washington had 36 rebounds (13 offensive-3 stickback buckets/23 defensive rebounds) while Hilsboro had 15 rebounds (4 offensive-1 stickback bucket/11 defensive rebounds).
Carleigh Chaffins led the Lady Lions in scoring with 11 points & Chelsea Warning had 10 points. Molli Shaw added 9 points in the contest.
Lady Indians were led by Kaylynn Bell with 14 points & Madison Snyder & Trista Rhodes with 8 points each.
Hillsboro had 25 turnovers giving up 9 points off those turnovers while Washington had 15 turnovers that gave Hillsboro 7 of their points.
Both teams will be busy next week with Washington play at Miami Trace on Wednesday night (Game will be broadcast on Buckeye Country & I Heart Radio).
Hillsboro will travel to Greenfield McClain on Wednesday night as well.