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Prep Girls Hoops: HHS girls' 'flat' performance results in loss to Pinckneyville

 
By John D. Homan
updated: 12/26/2016 11:01 PM

Karsyn Davis"s 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out and the Harrisburg High School girls" basketball team fell 42-40 to Pinckneyville Monday in opening round play of the Herrin Holiday Hoops Tournament.

Davis played well overall, scoring 13 points, but missed about a third of the game with foul trouble. Top scorer for the Dawgs was Lotte Miller with 15 points.

The Panthers led 7-6 after one quarter. The Bulldogs battled back to take a 21-16 lead into the intermission. Pinckneyville retook the lead after three periods at 34-28.

Poor free-throw shooting was a factor in the loss. Harrisburg could only convert 42 percent of its attempts (10-of-24).

"You have to be better than that from the line if you want to win (close games)," said Bulldogs head coach Jake Stewart. "I thought the kids did a good job of fighting back late, but we came out flat to start the game and stayed that way the biggest part of the night."

Stewart said a 10-day layoff probably didn"t help matters. He said the team needs to play much better Tuesday in its 7:30 p.m. match with the host Tigers.

Herrin won its tourney opener over Pope County, 64-31.

Harrisburg stands 10-3 overall on the season.