The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs closed out 2008 on a winning note with a 47-36 victory over Trenton in the NCMC Holiday Shootout New Year’s Eve. The victory gives the Lady Dawgs a 6-1 record heading into 2009 and this week’s Braymer Tournament.
Hardin-Central had shot the ball well leading up to the Shootout, but a nine-day layoff took a bit of a toll as the Lady Dawgs hit just 27 percent from the field at the Ketcham Community Center court.
It was Trenton falling into a slump in the final 8 minutes on Wednesday. Both teams opened the game with 9 points in the first quarter, but Hardin-Central took an 18-15 lead at the half. The third quarter belonged to Trenton with a 14-10 scoring advantage to take a 29-28 lead into the fourth frame. However, Trenton managed just one 3-point bucket and two field goals over the closing period.
Hardin-Central got clutch free throw shooting down the stretch as the Lady Dawgs missed just one of 11 opportunities from the stripe in the fourth quarter. Brooke Derstler scored 7 of her 10 points in the final frame with a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer. Allison Oyler and Reanna Newham each hit all 4 free throw attempts over the final 8 minutes.
Hardin-Central hit 13 of 16 free throws for the game, while Trenton made just 8 trips to the stripe and converted only 3. Trenton attempted just 2 free throws in the second half and made one.
Oyler ended the night with 13 points, while Megan Layman also reached double figures with 10 points, and Newham hit for 8. Morgan Nail added 3 points, and Brianne McGuire chipped in 2 for Hardin-Central. Layman also led the way on the boards with 11 rebounds.
Trenton was led by Rebekah Capeder’s 14 points.