Third quarter struggles doom Wildcats
Three of the four quarters played on Thursday, Jan. 16 between the Columbus Community and Lone Tree girls’ basketball teams consisted of competitive basketball but a 15-4 run made by the Lions in the third quarter made the difference. When the final buzzer sounded, Lone Tree claimed a 59 - 42 victory at Columbus in a SEISC game.
Columbus was able to match Lone Tree punch for punch through the first eight minutes of play and the second quarter began with the score knotted at 13.
The Wildcats began to apply full court pressure, keeping up the intensity level. That intensity translated into Columbus trading buckets throughout the period. At halftime the score was 27-25 with Lone Tree clinging to the two-point advantage.
The Lions showed a renewed effort on the glass during the third quarter which helped them to the scoring advantage.
“They [Lone Tree] really owned the glass so that was difficult for us. There were times when they got second, third, even fourth chances to make a shot. Anyone is going to hurt you doing that,” Columbus head coach Kasey Keltner said.
The fourth quarter started with the Wildcats looking to rebound down 42-29. The Columbus offense sprang back to life in the final period but the deficit was too big for the Wildcats to overcome.
As a team the Wildcats went 15/62 (25 percent) from the field, 4/9 from behind the 3-point line and 8/15 from the free-throw line. Other team totals included 38 rebounds, 11 assists, nine steals and a block.
Senior Martha Anaya and sophomore Kortney Orr each had three assists. Junior Kelsey Pretz recorded three steals and the team’s lone block.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-9 on the season. Columbus will have a chance to improve on those details next at home against Highland on Jan. 17.