Girls Basketball: London scores second victory
By Gregg Rettig
The London girls basketball team is turning the corner.
After dropping their first 14 games, the Red Raiders have posted two consecutive victories.
On Wednesday night, London beat visiting Hillsboro, 56-44, in South Central Ohio League action.
The ballgame was nip-and-tuck for the first three quarters, tied at 36 heading into the fourth. Ahead 42-40 with 6:14 to go, London (2-14, 1-8) netted eight consecutive points.
“Once again, we played a great game even though we were missing our point guard (Alianna Wilson),” London coach Ben Ackley said. “Our seniors stepped up again and made plays.
“Megan Long and Alicia Hiram carried us in the first half and Kayla Crager made plays in the second half. Mia Zawodny hit some timely shots, too.
“I’m just really glad to see that the stuff we’ve been working on practice finally pay off. I’m just really pleased with our kids’ efforts tonight.”
Hiram and Crager both scored 18 points. Ten of Crager’s points came in the fourth quarter.
The Indians (3-12, 1-8) didn’t help themselves. They were 17-of-57 from the field (29 percent), and 9-for-21 from the free-throw line.
“We tried to force some passes in the fourth quarter, they got the turnovers and converted them into points,” Hillsboro coach JR Moberly said.
“We needed to shoot the ball better than we did, but give London and Ben Ackley some credit. They’re doing a good job putting it together.
“I can’t fault our kids’ effort, either. They played hard tonight.”
Kaylynn Ball led the Indians with 15 points.