McLEANSBORO, Ill. — Lawrenceville's girls basketball team dug itself out of a halftime hole with a big third quarter, but the Indians failed to complete the comeback, falling to Hamilton County, 59-48, and settling for runner-up in the Hamilton County Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday.
It was the first loss of the season for the Indians (6-1), who like the host Lady Foxes were unbeaten entering the final game of the six-team round-robin tournament. Lawrenceville was 3-0 in the tournament entering Saturday and dropped Edwards County, 53-24, to start the day.
Jayley Akers scored 12 for the Indians against Hamilton County. Katelyn Higginbotham and Chaylee Shick supplied 10 points, and all three were named to the all-tournament team.
Akers had six in the first quarter and the Indians trailed, 15-14. Aubrey Bedwell had Lawrenceville's only field goal in the second, and it fell behind, 29-17, at the half. Six scored for the Indians in the third as they narrowed their deficit to 39-36. The Foxes pulled away at the foul line, shooting 13-of-16 in the final stanza, and finishing 21-of-28. The Indians were 10-of-21 from the stripe.
Lawrenceville limited Edwards County to a single field goal in the first and last quarters to ease by the Lions in Saturday's opener.
Akers led the way with 15 points, Shick scored 14, and Higginbotham 13. Each netted a pair of 3-pointers.
The lead was 15-2 after one period, and Edwards County managed to keep the margin the same at halftime, 27-14. Higginbotham tallied 10 points in the third as the Indians took their lead to 42-21.
The Indians host Red Hill at 6:15 p.m. CST Thursday.