City finishes on Wright side of thriller

SYRACUSE — Countless hours of practicing free throws paid off for Aubrey Wright Tuesday night at Wawasee.After taking a 7-0 lead to start the game, the Lady Eagles gave up the lead for the first time in the contest with 17 seconds left to play. Facing a 46-45 deficit, Wright was fouled with 10.9 seconds on the clock and knocked down both shots from the charity stripe to win, 47-46.Wright led the team in scoring with 15 points and also tallied five steals and six rebounds. Alyssa Hansen also hit a shot from behind the arc, and Emily Whiteleather scored six in the first quarter.The Lady Eagles had a 7-0 advantage in the first 4:10 of play, as Macie Hinen and Columbia City’s defense kept Wawasee from scoring. Hinen was the primary defender for the Lady Warriors’ top offensive threat, KiLee Knafel.As Hinen got into foul trouble in the second quarter, Knafel warmed up her shooting hand, scoring 13 of Wawasee’s 16 points.Knafel finished the game with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.The Lady Warriors began their comeback in the third quarter, outscoring Columbia City 14-9.In the close fourth quarter, Wawasee scored 10 points to the Lady Eagles’ eight. Wright’s free throws put the game away in favor or Columbia City, 47-46.The Lady Eagles are back in action Saturday, hosting Homestead on Down Syndrome Awareness night. Columbia City will be holding a silent auction and will be taking donations for the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 9 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.