The Harrisburg High School girls’ basketball team dropped their second game of the season falling to Hamilton County 55-50 Saturday afternoon at Davenport Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs put two players in double figures as Shelby Boer led Harrisburg with 13 points and Lindsey Murray tacked on 12 points.
Harrisburg got behind big to start the game, tailing 14-5, but used a 9-2 run close the first quarter out trailing by two points 16-14.
“We came out and were just not ready to play,” head coach Jake Stewart said. “We did a great job of attacking their press and getting easy baskets to get back in the ballgame.
Each team scored 15 points in the second quarter, as Hamilton County took a 32-29 lead at halftime.
Harrisburg was able to outscore the Foxes 11-9 in the third quarter, mainly on the strength of the Bulldogs’ inside game with Devan Jones and Boer.
Jones and Boer combined for all but one of Harrisburg’s points in third period.
“I thought we did a good job of pounding the ball inside and getting good looks in the third quarter,” Stewart said.
Harrisburg held a one point lead with 35 seconds to play and had the ball. Harrisburg’s Whitney Younger drew a trap when Stewart called a timeout, except when the whistle blew, Younger was called for traveling.
Hamilton County came down and put in a bucket to retake the lead and with 15 seconds to play, Boer had a look but missed.
Harrisburg fouled, sending Hamilton County to the line, where the Foxes made both free throws to push the lead to 53-50.
The Bulldogs had one last shot, but turned the ball over in the closing seconds, sending Hamilton County back to the line, where they knocked down two more free throws.
“We had the lead and just didn’t finish out the game,” Stewart said. “I thought we got a little tired down the stretch with this being our fourth game in six days against a quality team during finals week. We missed some wide open lay ups late in the game that might have just been from us being tired. I like the way we battled at the very end, giving ourselves a chance to win the game.”
The Harrisburg junior varsity team remained undefeated, moving to 7-0 with a 36-17 win against Hamilton County.
Alexa Burtis scored 14 points, while Hannah Walker added eight points and Heather McDaniel scoring six points. Lilee Robinson finished with four points, while Bartok and Keith each scored two points.
Harrisburg is scheduled to host Galatia tonight (Monday) at Davenport Gymnasium.