The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Girls Basketball: Rangerettes storm past Harrisburg

  • Benton outscores Bulldogs by 15 points in third quarter to bust open a two-point game
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  • The Benton Rangerettes outscored Harrisburg by 15 points in the third quarter to bust open a two-point game and hold on for a 58-46 win over the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night in Benton.
    Benton (9-4, 3-2) had a 20-18 lead at halftime but opened the second half on a 25-10 run to take a 45-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
    "It was a very physical game," Benton coach Andy Sloan said. "I thought our diamond press bothered Harrisburg a lot in the first two minutes of the third quarter. I thought that really gave us some momentum."
    Cali Carney went 8-for-12 at free-throw line and led Benton with 16 points. Morgan Corn added 13 and Evelyn Mendez had 10. Katie Sandusky had nine and Makala Carney chipped in six.
    Harrisburg was led by Lindsey Murray's 13 points. Ashley Ferrell added 11, while Shelby Boer and Kelsey Hobbs each had eight.
    Benton led 12-7 after one quarter before the Lady Bulldogs (11-3, 3-2) outscored the Rangerettes 11-8 in the second quarter.
    Benton then stormed out of the gates in the second half. The Rangerettes scored the first eight points before Harrisburg was able to make it 28-20 with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter.
    Benton answered back with a 17-5 run to finish the quarter. Corn's stickback with 31 seconds remaining in the quarter made it 45-28.
    "Their press bothered us," Harrisburg coach Jake Stewart said. "I think their small gym hurt us and the Benton girls are big and long."
    Harrisburg tried to rally in the fourth quarter. After Benton went ahead 50-33 with 4:01 remaining in the fourth quarter, Harrisburg went on a 9-2 run to pull within 52-42 with 3:43 to play.
    Benton went ahead 56-44, but Harrisburg got back within 10 with 1:15 remaining.
    The Rangerettes then scored the game's final points with 37 seconds left to seal the win.
    "They came back at us in the fourth quarter and we didn't handle the pressure," Sloan said.
    The Rangerettes hit 17-of-29 free throws in the contest and hit only one 3-pointer.
    Harrisburg, meanwhile, was hot from behind the arc as they hit six 3-pointers. The Lady Bulldogs were just 6-of-14 at the free-throw line, however.
    Harrisburg, which started the season 9-0, has now lost three of their last six games.
    The Rangerettes, which lost 46-37 at Massac County Tuesday night, have now won three of their last four games.
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