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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A third-quarter East Noble spark caused a 43-40 loss for Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team.
â€śWe beat them in every statistical category except scoring in the third quarter and free throw shooting,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said.
Columbia City shot 3-for-12 from the stripe while the Lady Knights were 18-for-28.
Columbia City had as much as a 15-4 lead halfway through the second quarter, until the Lady Knights rallied to more than double their points in less than one minute to make the score 15-10.
Sarah Opliger knocked down a 3-pointer five seconds before the buzzer to close out the half.
The host Lady Eagles had an 18-10 lead at halftime with field goals from eight different scorers.
East Nobleâ€™s Jena Yates opened the second half with four 3-pointers in the first four minutes to give the Lady Knights a 22-18 lead.
â€śWe talked about Yates all week in practice and we talked about coming out intense in the third quarter,â€ť Shearer said. â€śThereâ€™s no way that shouldâ€™ve happened.â€ť