CHURUBUSCO – It usually is a good thing when a basketball team outscores their opponent from the free throw line. However, it is an unfortunate thing if that is where half your points come from. That was the case for the Churubusco Lady Eagles Saturday night in their contest with Northeast Corner Conference foe, the Hamilton Lady Marines.
The Lady Eagles managed only four field goals through the first three periods and fell to the visitors by a 45-32 score. ’Busco started well, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on two free throws by Haleigh Gross and a three pointer by Chandler Blake.
With the Lady Eagles shooting only 4-for-22 from the field in the first half, Hamilton stretched its lead to 21-15 at the end of the second quarter.
The third quarter put the nail in ‘Busco’s coffin as the hosts went 0-for-12 from the field and only 2-for-6 from the free throw line.
In the fourth period the Lady Eagles almost matched their output from the field, getting three of their seven field goals for the contest. With time running out, ‘Busco was able to get to the free throw line with increasing regularity.
Churubusco hit for 7-of-11 attempts at the charity stripe with Gross knocking down seven of eight attempts. The Lady Eagles were able to pull within 11 at 32-21, but that was as close as the hosts would get.
‘Busco was led in scoring by Gross who connected for 14 points. Blake added seven points for the Lady Eagles and Savannah Labenz tossed in three.
‘Busco shot 15% (7-46) from the field for the contest, while Hamilton connected at a 38% (17-44) clip from the field.
The Lady Eagles return to action Tuesday when they travel to Angola for the opening round of the NECC Tournament.