JUST OUT OF REACH: Lady Eagles suffer loss to Carroll in first round of sectional, 65-57

FORT WAYNE — Columbia City’s girls basketball team fell on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle Wednesday at Snider.The Lady Eagles faced Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Carroll in the sectional opener, losing 65-57 in a closer game than the score depicts.Until the final two minutes, for most of the game, neither team had a lead of more than five points.There were 17 lead changes and seven ties, but foul trouble led to Columbia City’s demise, as the Lady Eagles had five players foul out in the last four minutes of play — when Carroll took the lead and didn’t give it back.Though foul trouble may have cost the Lady Eagles’ the game, Columbia City was very successful from its own free-throw line, hitting 12-for-12 in the second half — an asset that helped keep the Lady Eagles competitive in the final minutes.Columbia City’s Reghan Decker scored the final bucket of the Lady Eagles’ season with 2.2 seconds left in the game to make the score 65-57.Columbia City finishes the season 8-15 with two seniors, Hannah Schnorr and Megan Deutsch, finishing their careers as Lady Eagles.Schnorr scored five points, had four rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in her last game. Deutsch tallied seven points, three rebounds, two steals, and assist and a block.Whiteleather had a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 7 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.