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.