By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
The Forgan Lady Bulldogs recovered from a first half shooting drought and rallied late, only to come up short, losing 40-35 to the Shattuck Lady Indians.
"We didn't play very well early," Lady Bulldogs Coach Brett Trippet said. "Got to give them credit for fighting back, but just couldn't get it done after we tied it up."
Forgan trailed 31-22 heading into the fourth but went on an 11-2 run, including threes by KaDawn McReynolds and Kenzi Taylor, to knot the game at 33 with 3:35 left.
But Shattuck answered with their seventh 3-pointer of the game, and made all four free throws in the final minute. The Lady Bulldogs were unable to answer.
Forgan fell behind early when they started the game with a five minute scoring drought. Luckily, Shattuck had struggled too, and only led 5-0.
Forgan was able to cut the Lady Indians lead to just two by the end of the first, 8-6.
But the Lady Bulldogs offensive struggles continued in the second quarter. Gabby Morales' three with 3 minutes left in the half was Forgan's only basket of the quarter.
"They were unguarded shots, but not the shots we wanted at the time," Trippet said. "We were standing around taking perimeter shots instead of driving to the goal and getting better shots."
Shattuck scored the final seven of the half and led 17-9.
Forgan cut the lead back to four early in the third (19-15), but Shattuck rebuilt their lead back to nine by hitting four threes in the final four minutes of the third.
"Made some critical mistakes defensively that gave them some easy shots," Trippett said. "We were giving space to someone who can make a three instead of forcing them to drive."
Kenzi Taylor finished with 16 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs offense. Nikki Taylor and KaDawn McReynolds each added 6.
The loss sets up an odd rematch with Forgan (8-4) set to take on Beaver (5-7) for third place. The two school located just six miles apart will travel 80-plus miles east to face each other.