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The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs first visit to the Class 1 rankings this season was greeted rudely Monday night in Concordia. Coming off an emotional win Saturday night, the 10th-ranked Lady Bulldogs stumbled in their return to the court Monday with a 49-47 loss to St. Paul’s.
To compound the situation, the Lady Dawgs were also missing a starter as their 11-game winning streak came to an end. Senior guard Reanna Newham did not play for Hardin-Central after injuring her ankle in Saturday night’s CLAA Tournament finals victory over Southwest.
The Lady Bulldogs took a 37-34 lead into the final 8 minutes, but the Saints, behind Audrey Mehl’s 10 points, outscored Hardin-Central 15-10 for the victory. Mehl ended the night with 15 points, while Tory Kramer added 10 as the Saints improved to 12-5. St. Paul’s also hit 21 of 45 field goals in the game, while the Lady Bulldogs managed to connect on just 16 of 47. Hardin-Central, now 19-4, did hold the edge from the free throw line by converting 13 of 19 from the stripe, while St. Paul’s connected on 7 of 12. The Lady Bulldogs also had the only two 3-point buckets in the game.
The Saints held a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but Hardin-Central outscored the home team 13-6 in the second period for a 24-19 lead at the half.
Brooke Derstler paced the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points as she hit 8 of 10 from the line. Brianne McGuire added 10 points with 3 steals, while Megan Layman scored 9 points in addition to her 7 rebounds. Allison Oyler hit for 6 points, followed by Tommie Twyman with 5, and Lindsay Arbogast with 2.
Arbogast also hit the boards for 7 rebounds.