Col. City loses sectional semi-final to Fort Wayne Sliders

CARROLL — Lady Eagle basketball season has come to a close. In round two of sectional play Friday, Columbia City traveled to Carroll, host of the Class 4A Sectional 5, and lost to Fort Wayne Snider in a tough fought contest. The Lady Panthers were victorious by a score of 56-47, a much smaller margin than the 35-point Snider victory in November.Snider jumped out a 3-2 lead earlier in the opening eight minutes and never looked back. The Lady Panther defense was stingy, allowing only two more Lady Eagle points in the quarter, by way of two Macie Hinen free throws; Hinen led the team with 13 points.Snider’s offense on the other hand, was going in the compete opposite direction. Scoring contributions were made by four of its five starters – Kari Barnes, Meredith Shipman, Karrina Smith and Deja Wimby.Columbia City failed to stop nearly everything the Lady Panthers tried. Smith hit a trey at the buzzer and Snider enjoyed a comfortable 16-4 lead heading into the second period.Columbia City entered the fourth quarter already in the penalty, giving the Lady Panthers five freebie opportunities in the first two minutes of the period. Snider only converted one successfully.The Lady Eagles attempted a late-game run and although they out-scored Snider 24-15 in the fourth, it was not enough to overcome the double-digit lead.The teams traded foul shots opportunities for the final two minutes and the Lady Eagle season ended with it’s last scoreboard reading 56-47.Opliger was second on team in scoring with 10 points, while Whiteleather scored seven and Goree recorded six points. Bunyan scored five and Hicks put in another four points. Opliger also snagged seven rebounds. Whitleather and Hinen both had six boards.Columbia City finishes the season with a record of 8-15, good for fifth place in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the Feb. 11 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.