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After escaping Polo with a one-point victory earlier in the week, the Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs traveled to Meadville on Friday and dropped a 48-42 CLAA contest to a tough Eagle squad.
On Tuesday, Lindsey Arbogast capped a Hardin-Central comeback when she hit a free throw with no time left on the clock for a 44-43 victory. It was her only scoring of the night but helped the Lady Dawgs battle back from a 4-point deficit with less than a minute remaining in the game. Brooke Derstler led the Hardin-Central scoring with a game-high 23 points, including a pair of 3-point buckets.
Maddy Misel led Polo with 16 points, with Kelsi Pile adding 11.
Derstler hit three 3-pointers in the final period Friday night during a 22-point effort as Hardin-Central tried to erase an 11-point deficit to the Eagles. She also hit all 5 of her free throw attempts in the final period, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Dawgs dropped their first game of the season.
Meadville jumped to a 14-7 lead after one quarter and was on top 31-19 by halftime, and 37-26 entering the final 8 minutes.
Brianne McGuire and Reanna Newham each added 6 points for Hardin-Central, with McGuire grabbing 9 rebounds. Megan Layman scored 6 points, followed by Megan Layman with 4 and Allison Oyler and Morgan Nail with 2 apiece.
Meadville, who finished third in the Class 1 state tournament last season, was led by Kellie Sargent with 19. The Eagles converted 16 of 24 free throws, while Hardin-Central was good on 16 of 22 attempts.