By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
A witch’s brew of turnovers, easy shots for Boise City, and silly fouls in the final three minutes proved to costly as the Beaver Lady Dusters let one slip away to the Lady Wildcats, 60-59.
With three minutes left, Beaver had built a 10-point lead, but Boise City quickly whittled away at it, tying the game in the final minute.
With 12 second left, Beaver had a chance to regain the lead, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Boise City brought the ball up, and missed the shot, but was able to grab the rebound.
Beaver was called for a foul on the rebound. And with one second left, Boise City hit the winning free throw.
“It went pretty fast,” Lady Dusters coach Casey Jones. “We’ve had too many of those that have cost us a wins. We start four seniors so I don’t think it’s that we get too tight.”
Beaver did not help themselves at the line making only 4 of 9 in the fourth quarter, and 9 of 24 for the game.
Boise City started the game on fire, taking a 21-12 lead in the first quarter.
Beaver bounced back in the second to tie the game. Boise City then built a five-point lead, but the Lady Dusters tied the game again just before half (33-33). Jacinda Balderrama scored 9 of her game-high 21 during the run, and Cassie Howell scored 7 of her 15. Kalie Hoover finished with 9, and Kaitlin Kemp had 8.
“We struggled to stay above water in the first half,” Jones said. “We were able to come back both times we fell behind.”
Midway through the third Beaver hit their stride, and carried it into the first half of the fourth, where they built their lead to 10, before it all fell apart. Foul trouble was part of the issue with several key players having to go to the bench.
“We’re pretty down about it right now, but we’ll have to bounce back at practice,” Jones said.
Beaver (8-12) host Laverne Friday and Forgan (14-6) Saturday.