Lady Hornets edge Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 February 2020 at 9:36 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Honesty Little puts up a shot as Karly Smith defends for Oakfield-Alabama during the host Purple Eagles loss to the Lady Hornets this evening.

A late rally fell just short as Albion dropped a narrow 39-37 decision to visiting Oakfield-Alabama this evening in a non league girls basketball lame.

Trailing by 13, 37-24, early in the final period Albion came battling back.

The Purple Eagles put together a big 13-2 run on a three-point play and a rebound bucket off a turnover by Honesty Little, a three and a layup off a steal by Aly Knaak and a three by Paige Derisley to slice the deficit to two, 39-37, with over two minutes remaining.

Brianna Smith puts up a shot for the Lady Hornets as Honesty Little tries to block for the Purple Eagles.

However, neither team could find the range over those final two minutes as two free throws by Kelsey Schlagenhauf with 3:20 remaining, which gave O-A a 39-32 lead at the time, proved to be the game winning points for the Lady Hornets.

Brianna Smith scored 12 and MacKena Reding 9 to lead the Lady Hornets as Karly Smith and Schlagenhauf both had 6 and Brooke Reding and Emma Way 2 (click here to see Wray’s points).

Little finished with 13 (click here to see a reverse layup  by Little for 2 points) to pace Albion as Paige Derisley and Aly Knaak both added 9, Ryan Olles 4 and Maya Knaak 2.

The Lady Hornets held narrow leads of 11-9 after one period and 20-17 at the half on a three by MacKena Reding.

Another three by MacKena Reding ignited a 6-0 run at the outset of the third period which vaulted O-A out to a nine point, 26-17, lead.

Maintaining a nine point, 33-24, lead at the three-quarter mark, the Lady Hornets upped the advantage to 13, 37-24, at the outset of the final period after baskets by Brianna Smith and Karly Smith.

That set the stage for Albion’s late rally which saw the Purple Eagles comeback bid fell two points short after closing with a 13-2 run.

The Lady Hornets improve to 11-7 while the Purple Eagles slip to 7-12.

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