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BUTLER TWP —
Against visiting North Hills, the Golden Tornado girls basketball team trailed by nine points to open the game.
"That's about the first time all year we've been behind and had to fight back," said
In the team's first meeting in December,
"Ithink some of the things we did tonight are things we've done all season," said Indians coach Tom Sandherr.
"The one thing about our kids here is they'll never give up. Some may lack a little skill of basketball, but they never look at the scoreboard," he added.
"I told the girls North Hills would come out to battle in the pregame because they don't have anything to lose and we have everything to lose," said Epps. "I didn't feel our offense was flowing. We were doing well with four shooters on the floor, but we didn't seem to rotate the ball well. It was just one of those games."
The Indians (5-9, 2-5) did receive a free throw from Katy Turzak, then a basket and two free throws from Jess Rectenwald to take a 16-15 lead with 4:30 left before the break.
That would prove to be the Indians' last lead as
"I thought we were getting beat on the boards early on," said Epps. "That's something we can't do when rebounding is a key component to our game."
North Hills made one final push, closing out the first half with a basket, then opening the second half with two more to make it a 25-22 contest.
Butler got two free throws from Manuel, one from Casie Cygan and baskets from Olivia Bresnahan and Manuel to take a 32-22 lead with 4:33 left in the third quarter.
North Hills trimmed the deficit to eight points three times, but
NORTH HILLS 41
Ali Patton 4 3-4 12, Gabby Marshall 4 0-0 8, Julie Havrilla 2 2-3 6, Emma Wingerd 2 0-2 4, Katy Turzak 2 1-2 5, Julia Klein 0 0-0 0, Jess Rectenwald 2 2-2 6, Megan Hans 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 8-13 41.
Casey Fleeger 0 0-1 0, Olivia Bresnahan 6 4-8 16,
North Hills 11 7 12 11—41
3-point goals: Patton; Sedwick, Manuel