Slumping Lady Eagles: Warsaw loss latest in three-game losing skid
Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer talks with assistant coach Ben Bunyan, left, during the Lady Eagles loss Tuesday night at Warsaw. The loss is the third straight after opening the season 5-1. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
WARSAW — Despite several Lady Eagle attempts at a comeback, Warsaw’s Lindsay Baker always had an answer.
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With six three-pointers and 23 points, Baker crushed any of Columbia City’s chances at a comeback, handing the Lady Eagles their third consecutive loss 63-39 Tuesday night.
The game kicked off with a quick basket by Columbia City’s Sarah Opliger, putting the Lady Eagles up 2-0.
But Baker retaliated with back-to-back baskets, including a three-pointer.
From that point on, the Lady Eagles were playing catch up.
Columbia City kept the game close through the first quarter, only trailing by three.
With a 14-11 advantage, Warsaw spent the rest of the half widening the gap, scoring nine consecutive points in the final three minutes of play.
“We lost Lindsay Baker for several possessions,” Shearer said.
The halftime score settled at 30-19, leaving an impossible mountain for the Lady Eagles to climb in the second half.
Columbia City’s Maddie Hinen scored six of her team-high 12 points in the third quarter, attempting to make a comeback.
But Baker made another run at the end of the third quarter, with two consecutive three-pointers in the final 22 seconds, leaving the score at 47-33.
The Lady Tigers outscored Columbia City 16-6 in the final quarter.
“We just couldn’t come back from the run,” Shearer said.
Scoring for the Lady Eagles were — Sierra Burlage with 10, Corinna Raypole with six, and Kayla Dunn with six.
The Lady Eagles are preparing to take on their next opponent, East Noble, Saturday.
“We’re going to work on our inside-outside game in practice this week,” Shearer said.
Columbia City travels to East Noble for a 1 p.m. junior varsity start time.
Free throws in the final seconds from Lindsey Hinen gave the junior varsity Lady Eagles the advantage over Warsaw.
With 2.9 seconds remaining in the game, Hinen was fouled behind the three-point line.
Hinen drained all three free throws, giving the Lady Eagles a 36-33 lead.