COLUMBIA CITY — Fans at Columbia City’s girls basketball game against Huntington North Thursday wouldn’t have known that the Lady Eagles hadn’t practiced since Monday.
Columbia City head coach Amy Shearer said the team has been battling the flu all week, but the Lady Eagles still managed a 53-49 win in their last regular-season game.
The ill-timed sickness showed in the first quarter, as Huntington jumped out to a 17-8 advantage. The Lady Vikings hit three 3-pointers from three different shooters.
The tables turned in the second quarter, as Columbia City outscored Huntington North 15-10. Macie Hinen led the charge with nine points in the quarter, cutting the Lady Viking lead to 27-23 going into the locker room at halftime.
The Lady Eagles took the lead in the third period after Hannah Schnorr hit two 3-pointers to go with Columbia City’s 15 points. Huntington North only managed one field goal in its seven third-quarter points.
The teams played an even-matched fourth quarter, with both scoring 15 points to make the final score 53-49, in favor of Columbia City.
Shearer touted the play of two non-starters, Baily Rentschler and Brittney Renniger.
The Lady Eagles had three players score in double digits. Hinen had 14, Megan Deutsch colleced 13 points and Schnorr finished with 10.
Every player that had minutes for Columbia City managed at least three points, and Shearer was happy with the performance.
The Lady Eagles shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, a goal Shearer said the teams works for every game.
The Lady Eagles play Carroll in the opening round of the sectional Tuesday at Snider.
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