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The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs had a tough time getting started Tuesday in their game with Orrick at the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. After struggling throughout the first half, the Lady Bulldogs took over in the second half on the way to a 58-54 win and a 2-0 start in the tournament.
Orrick opened the game by controlling the offensive and defensive boards as the Lady Bearcats built an early lead of 10-5 halfway through the first quarter and eventually stretched it to 20-7 heading into the second frame. Both teams battled on even terms throughout the second quarter with Orrick taking a 33-21 lead by halftime.
Hardin-Central began to find its stride as the second half began. The Lady Bulldogs climbed back into the game with a 10-2 run to get to within striking distance. Brooke Derstler found her shooting stroke in the third quarter as she hit four from outside the arc on her way to scoring a game-high 23 points.
Allison Oyler’s short jumper with 2:20 left in the period gave the Lady Dawgs their first lead of the game, 38-37.
It was a lead that Hardin-Central would not surrender. The Lady Bulldogs took a 43-39 lead into the final 8 minutes and stretched the advantage to 9 points with 3 minutes remaining in the game. Orrick battled back to cut the deficit to 4 points twice, but could not climb any closer.
The Lady Bearcats out-shot Hardin-Central 42 percent to 34, and also held a 40-25 rebounding edge for the game, but the Lady Bulldogs came up with 22 steals defensively. Hardin-Central also converted 11 of 14 free throws, while Orrick hit all 6 of its attempts from the stripe.
Amanda Rodenberg led the Orrick scoring with 14 points, with Leslie LaFavor adding 12.
Also scoring for the Lady Bearcats, who are now 5-3 for the season, were Megan Swartz with 8, Elizabeth Clark and Amy Isenhour with 6 each and Gabriela Pigg with 4. Kristee Harris and Shelby Harth scored 2 apiece.
Reanna Newham ended the night with 11 points for Hardin-Central with Oyler adding 10. Also scoring for the Lady Bulldogs were Brianna McGuire with 8 and Megan Layman with 6.
PHOTO: Amanda Rodenberg (33) led the Lady Bearcats’ scoring Tuesday night with 14 points in their game against Hardin-Central. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)