Ladies Grind Out Great Win

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With only six players available for Thursday night’s game at Allen East and trailing 11-2 just three minutes into the game, things didn’t start well for the Bluffton Lady Pirates. But the team got up off the mat and gritted out a 10-0 run to get back in the game, setting a tone for the remainder of the night. Bluffton made all the plays they had to and notched their second straight win 56-50 at the Mustang Corral. BHS improved to 3-1 in league play and 4-8 overall.  Coach Dennis Lee was thrilled with the effort and the outcome of the game. “We knew Allen East was going to give us their best shot. As big as a rivalry as this is for our two schools, it was important that we played tough and got the win. We’re 3-1 in the conference and building confidence with each game. We need to keep it going.”

Balance was the key for the Pirates on a night when they needed all hands on deck. With junior Taylor Wenger out of the lineup with minor injuries, Coach Lee only had six players at his disposal. The girls rotated throughout the game and on the court. Four Pirates ended up in double figures and Sarah Stratton was close to making a fifth, as she had eight points on a perfect 8/8 effort from the line. Lydia Guagenti continued her white hot play with 15 points. Mariah Welch scored 11 and Sami Harrod and Molly Lengyel added 10 each. 

Allen East extended their 14-12 first quarter lead to 19-14 early in the second before BHS went on another run to take the lead, and the momentum, for the rest of the way. Harrod nailed a ‘3’, which was followed by a Guagenti running one hander in the lane that brought smiles all around on the improbable shot. Stratton and Welch finished off the 9-2 spurt with four free throws to make it 23-21 Pirates. They would not trail again.

Both teams decided to press the other in the second half resulting in some quick play. Jaime Lugibihl had a particularly nice evening deflecting passes all over the place and frustrating many a Mustang. Molly Lengyel went up & under with 12 seconds left in the third quarter to give Bluffton a 39-37 lead. AE climbed with 51-49 with 1:59 left to make things interesting. Sarah Stratton stepped to the line and canned two free throws. Guagenti blocked a ‘3’ on defense before Sami Harrod forced a Mustang turnover. Following a Pirate turnover, the Mustangs got to 53-50 before Lydia sealed the deal. The sophomore knocked down one of two free throws and ran away from the crowd and dropped in a layup with 11 seconds left. The game was decided at the line in the fourth. BHS went 8/13 while the Mustangs were just 2/3. 

Bluffton gets to take a breather after playing three games in six days.  Wapak comes calling Tuesday night beginning another three games in just five days.  

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