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FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team fell on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle Wednesday at Snider.
The Lady Eagles faced Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll in the sectional opener, losing 65-57 in a closer game than the score depicts.
Until the final two minutes, for most of the game, neither team had a lead of more than five points.
There were 17 lead changes and seven ties, but foul trouble led to Columbia Cityâ€™s demise, as the Lady Eagles had five players foul out in the last four minutes of play â€” when Carroll took the lead and didnâ€™t give it back.
Though foul trouble may have cost the Lady Eaglesâ€™ the game, Columbia City was very successful from its own free-throw line, hitting 12-for-12 in the second half â€” an asset that helped keep the Lady Eagles competitive in the final minutes.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Reghan Decker scored the final bucket of the Lady Eaglesâ€™ season with 2.2 seconds left in the game to make the score 65-57.
Columbia City finishes the season 8-15 with two seniors, Hannah Schnorr and Megan Deutsch, finishing their careers as Lady Eagles.
Schnorr scored five points, had four rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in her last game. Deutsch tallied seven points, three rebounds, two steals, and assist and a block.
Whiteleather had a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.
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